Show Me Tell Me

The DSA Show me, tell me questions test your knowledge on basic car maintenance and safety. At the start of the practical driving test the show me, tell me questions will begin. The driving test examiner will ask you two questions, one show me and one tell me. Answer any of these two questions incorrectly and you will gain one driving test fault. There are 13 different questions which can be asked in 12 different combinations. Below are the show me, tell me questions and answers.

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Identify the coolant tank and check the min/max markings. If the coolant is below the min mark then more coolant will need to be added. To do this, unscrew the cap and pour in coolant until the max mark is reached.

If the steering becomes heavy the steering may be faulty. Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made.

  1. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained whilst the engine is started, should result in slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate.
  2. Turning the steering wheel after just moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assisted steering is functioning correctly.

Identify the dipstick, pull it out and check the oil level against the min/max markings.

Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir.

Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (you may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine).

As you move off check the brakes. They should not feel spongy and the car should not pull to one side.

Turn on lights (turn ignition if necessary), walk around car and check that the lights are on.

Activate the indicators or hazard warning lights and walk around the car to see if all the indicators are working correctly.

Information will be found using the car manufacturer’s manual. Check the tyre pressures by using a reliable pressure gauge when the tyres are cold. Don’t forget the spare and remember to refit the valve caps.

Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges. The tread depth should be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.

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