Show me Tell me questions


Practise these show me tell me questions during driving lessons in Nottingham.

driving lessons nottingham
Your Driving test in
Nottingham will start with an eyesight check in which you will be asked to read a standard car number plate from a distance of 20.5
metres. When this is
completed you will then be asked 2 vehicle safety
questions of a ‘Show me Tell me’ nature. The complete list of questions is set out below to help you during driving lessons nottingham and they must relate to the car you will be driving on the test.

The questions are only worth a minor fault each so it’s unlikely that they will mean the difference between a pass or a fail on the day.
Going through the questions is a good opportunity to get to know the controls of the vehicle you are driving. You need to know where the windscreen wipers and fog lights are as you may not have used them during your normal course of driving lessons. You can save a good deal of money and reduce the risk of having a breakdown if you know how to check the fluids under the bonnet so it’s all good to know. Tyres are really important and there can be consequences if you don’t look after them. It’s all covered here including where all the stuff is on my car. let’s take a look.

Driving test in Nottingham questions

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  • “Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil”
  •  Open the bonnet and point to the dipstick. Describe how to check the oil level against the minimum/maximum markers after the engine has cooled.
  • “Open the bonnet, identify the windscreen washer reservoir and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level”
  •  Open the bonnet, identify the screen wash reservoir and explain how to check level by having a look. There is no maximum/
    minimum marking.
  • “Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level”
  •  Open the bonnet identify the maximum/minimum level markings on header tank and describe how to top up to correct level.
  • “Open the bonnet, show me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid”
  •  Open the bonnet, identify brake fluid reservoir and explain how to check level against the maximum/minimum markings.
  • “Show me how you would check the handbrake for excessive wear”
  •  Demonstrate by applying handbrake so that when it is fully applied it secures the car and is not at the end of its working travel. Keep your foot on the footbrake so the car does not roll.
  • “Show me how you would check that the horn is working”
  •  Sound horn by pressing the middle of the steering wheel (off road only, turn on ignition if necessary).
  • driving test horn
  • “Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the
    washers and wipers”
  •  Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn on ignition if necessary).
  • driving test wipers
  • “Show me /explain how you would check that the power
    assisted steering is working before starting a journey”
  •  If steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly. Apply downward pressure to the spoke of the steering wheel with two fingers of the left hand. Maintain the pressure as you start the engine and the wheel will suddenly feel easier if the system is working properly
  • “Show me how you would check that the direction indicators / hazard warning lights are working”
  •  Apply the indicators / hazard warning switch and check all
    indicators are working by having a look.
  • driving test hazard lights
  • “Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car”
  •                 Press the brake pedal after switching on the ignition and explain how to check by reflection in other cars or a garage  door or get somone to tell you if they are working.
  •  “Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working correctly before starting a journey”
  • Brakes should not feel spongy or slack when the pedal is pressed. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side when you brake.
  • “Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working”
  •  Explain: Operate switch and then walk around vehicle to check the lights are working
  • driving test wipers
  • “Tell me where you would find the information for the
    recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre
    pressures should be checked”
  •  Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre,
    remember to refit valve caps
  • “Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road”
  •  No cuts or bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference. No cuts or bulges in the tyre wall. Remember your spare tyre
  • “Show me how you would switch from dipped headlight to main beam. Explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside you car”
  •  Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary) check for the main beam warning light
  • driving test headlights
  • “Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear both front and rear windscreens effectively
  •  Set relevant controls which include: fan, temperature, air direction and source, plus heated screen controls. (Do not start engine)
  • “Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted to provide the best protection in the event of a crash”
  •  The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the restraint is at least as high as the eyes or top of the ears. The
    restraint should be as close to the back of the head as is
    comfortably possible (Not all head restraints are adjustable)
  • driving test head restraint
  • “Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them”
  •  Operate switch (stay in the car turn on ignition if necessary and select dipped beam) Check fog warning light is on
    Explain that you would use them when visibility is less than 100m in fog
  • “Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with the anti lock braking system”
  •  The warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system

          The questions will each incur a minor fault on the driving test if answered incorrectly.


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