Practical Test Help in Widnes, Runcorn, and the Surrounding Areas
The 'show me tell me' questions require you to explain to the driving test examiner where and how to check the tyres, brakes, fluid levels, lights, direction indicators, power steering and horn. You will be asked two questions, one 'show me' and one 'tell me' question.
Q1. 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.
Identify dipstick, describe how you would take it out, wipe it, replace it, take it out again and read the level between the minimum and maximum markers.
Q2. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that it is at the correct level.
Identify high / low level markings on header tank (where fitted) or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir and check the level along the tube.
Q4. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high / low markings.
Q5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
Switch on the ignition, operate brake pedal, make use of any reflections in windows, garage doors etc. The examiner will help you.
Q6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes shoud not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you move off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Tyre pressures are in the manufacturer's manual, use a reliable pressure gauge, check tyre pressures when cold(once a week), don't forget spare and remember to refit dust caps.
Q8. Tell me how you would check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and their general condition is safe to use on the road.
No cuts or bulges in the walls, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire circumference.
Q9. Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
With the engine off, the steering will be very heavy. With the engine running, the steering will be very light. If the steering becomes heavy while driving something may be wrong so get it checked as soon as possible.
Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working
Turn on the switch for lights, and show the Examiner the indicators on the dash which show that the lights are working.
Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply indicators or hazard warning lights and check all indicators by walking around the car.
Q12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Turn on ignition (if necessary). Operate horn.
Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
Put your foot on the brake pedal. Demonstrate by applying the handbrake. When it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of the working travel.
Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.
Ask your driving instructor if you have any questions regarding any aspect of the Practical Test, we will be happy to help.