Show me tell me
The examiner will conduct this part of the test at the start of your practical test, after the eyesight check.You will be asked two of the following questions, both questions must be answered correctly or this will result in driver faults being recorded.
Tell me questions
Q: Open the car bonnet, point to where you would check the engine oil level then tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level of oil.
A: Point to dipstick and describe that the oil needs to be in-between the minimum/maximum markers.
Q: Open the car bonnet, point to where you would check the engine coolant level then tell me how you would check that the container has the correct level.
A: Point out the minimum/maximum levels on the coolant container and describe how you would top up with a mixture of anti freeze and water.
Q: Open the car bonnet, point to where the brake fluid container is then tell me how you would check that you have a correct level of brake fluid.
A: Point to the container and describe how the fluid should be between the minimum/maximum levels.
Q: Open the bonnet and point out where the windscreen washer container is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
A: Point to the container and explain how you would operate the control to wash the windows to check that there is fluid in the container.
Q: Tell me how would you check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A: Turn on the ignition, press the brake pedal and check for reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone check.
Q: Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before driving your car.
A: Brake pedal should not feel spongy or slack. You can test the brakes as you set off and the vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q: Tell me how you would check the tyres to make sure that they have sufficient tread depth and that there overall condition is safe for use on the road.
A: No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across of the tyre and all the way around the tyre.
Q: Tell me for this car where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures and how you would check the tyre pressures.
A: Tyre pressures are in the manufacturerís guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, always check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, remember the spare tyre, and the refit valve caps.
Show me questions
Q: Show me and explain how you would check that the power steering is working.
A: If the steering becomes heavy the system may be faulty. Before starting a journey there are two checks that can be made. Start the car and while the engine running apply gentle pressure to the steering wheel the steering should not feel heavy and should turn easily.
Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is working.
Q: Show me how to check the hand brake for excessive wear.
A: Release the hand brake and reapply it. the hand brake should feel secure and should not run to the end of its range.
Q: Show me how to check that the horn is working (this should only be done off road).
A: Turn on ignition if necessary and apply pressure to the horn.
Q: Show me how you would check that the cars indicators are working.
A: Turn on indicators or hazard warning switch and walk round the car to check each bulb.
Q: Show me how you would check that the cars headlights & tail lights are working.
A: Turn on ignition if necessary and turn on main beam lights walk round car to check each light.