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.

Useful Links

Learning to drive can be quite complicated, what forms you need to get a provisional licence. So we have included useful links to several sites on one page that may be of interest to you get started.

The Driving Vehicle Licencing Agency …

The Driving Vehicle Licencing Agency, apply for your Provisional Licence here!! Our primary aims are to facilitate road safety and general law enforcement by maintaining registers of drivers and vehicles, and to collect vehicle excise duty (car tax).

Highway Code…

The Highway Code is essential reading for everybody learning to drive. It contains all of the rules and regulations that relate to driving in the UK. As a driver, it’s your duty to know these rules – and remember if you don’t abide by them, you’ll be breaking the law and could end up being prosecuted. This could lead to you losing your licence, so it’s worth getting to know what’s what!

Pass Plus …

You’ve passed your driving test – now you can drive on your own at last. But it doesn’t stop there; this is just the end of the beginning… Getting your own car will give you the independence you need. For a new driver, the cost of insurance can be sky high. And the reason for this? Statistics show that new drivers are more likely to have an accident in the first two years of passing their test than at any other time in their driving career. Age doesn’t matter – it’s basically down to a lack of driving experience.

Book Your Test Practical Driving Test The theory test is made up of two parts; a multiple choice section and a Hazard Perception test. The multiple choice bit is delivered using a touch screen computer and mouse, while the hazard perception test records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. You’ll need to pass both parts to successfully complete your theory test. If you pass one part and fail the other, you’ll fail the whole test, and will have to take both parts again. You can book your Theory or Practical test through the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) website.

Car Practical Driving Test

The practical driving test is designed to see if you: can drive safely in different road and traffic conditions know the Highway Code and can show this through your driving ability As long as you show the standard required and with guidance from your driving instructor you will pass your driving test. There’s no minimum number of driving lessons you must have or hours you must practice driving before taking your driving test. You will have to pass your driving theory test before you can book your practical test.


You must bring:

  • Your theory test pass certificate (or confirmation) if you’re not exempt from taking the theory test.
  • Both parts of your driving licence – the photo-card and the paper counterpart.
  • If you have an old-style paper licence.

You must take your signed driving licence and a valid passport. Lost driving licence You’ll need to apply for a replacement driving licence This could take up to 15 days. You may have to rearrange your test if this happens.


Before you start the driving ability part of your test, you will have an eyesight check. You will have to read a number plate from a distance of about 20 metres. If you can’t read it you fail your driving test and the test won’t continue.

Vehicle safety questions: ‘show me, tell me’

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out a vehicle safety check.You’ll also be asked one ‘tell me’ question, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check.


The driving part of your test will last about 40 minutes. Throughout the test your examiner will be looking for an overall safe standard of driving.
During your test the examiner will give you directions that you should follow. You’ll drive in various road and traffic conditions. You should drive in the way your driving instructor has trained you.
You might also be asked to carry out an emergency stop.

The examiner will ask you to do one of the following exercises:

  • reversing around a corner
  • turning in the road
  • reverse parking – either into a parking bay,
  • or parallel parking at the side of the road.

Your driving test will include around 10 minutes of independent driving. It’s designed to assess your ability to drive safely while making decisions on your own.

Your driving test result

You’ll pass your test if you make:

  • 15 or fewer driving faults
  • no serious or dangerous faults

When the driving test has ended, you can call your instructor over if they didn’t go with you on your test. This is so they can listen to the result and help you with any feedback afterwards.
The examiner will tell you if you passed or not and explain how you did during the test. This is the best time to ask any questions about how you did on your driving test.

The different types of faults

There are 3 types of faults that can be marked:

  • a dangerous fault – involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property
  • a serious fault – could potentially be dangerous
  • a driving fault – not potentially dangerous, but if you make the same fault throughout your test it could become a serious fault

If you pass your driving test
The examiner will give you a pass certificate if you pass the test. They will also ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically. Once you have passed your test you can start driving straight away – you don’t need to wait for your full licence to arrive but carry the pass certificate with you until you get your licence through post.

If you don’t pass
You have to wait another 10 working days before you can take another test if you don’t pass. Working days don’t include Sundays and public holidays. This is when we at quick notice driving test can help you get another test as quickly as possible, so you don’t have to wait months for a retest.