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Car ‘show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions
About the questions.
Vehicle safety questions. These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions. You will have to complete one of each.
The examiner will ask you one ‘tell me’ question before you start driving, where you’ll have to explain to the examiner how you’d carry out the check or operation.
The examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question whilst on the drive, where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out one of seven operations.
2. ‘Show me’ questions. During driving on the test.
The examiner will say ” when it is safe to do so can you show me how you” then say which function he wants you to show him while you are driving the car.
- Open and close your side window
- Sound the horn
- Demist your front windscreen
- Demist your rear windscreen
- Wash your front windscreen
- Wash your rear windscreen
- Switch on dipped headlights
3. ‘Tell me’ questions. Asked before going out on the test.
Q, Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check the functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine). Explain that you would walk around the vehicle and check all are working correctly.
Q, Tell me how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be functioning properly. Two simple checks before starting a journey. As the engine starts, apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel. That should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.
Q, Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use the fog lights, (no need to exit vehicle).
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
I will use my fog lights when reduced visibility reaches 100 metres or less.
Q, Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light on the dashboard.
Q, Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Test the brakes after setting off. The vehicle should not pull to one side.
Q, 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.
Q, Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
Q, 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 and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.
Q, Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working (no need to exit vehicle).
Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. As this is a ‘tell me’ question, there is no need to check the lights physically.
Q, Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
Under the bonnet tell me questions
Q, 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, oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum, maximum markers.
Explain, remove dipstick wipe clean push back in then pull it out and check level to be between the min/max level.
Q, 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.
Identify the high/ low-level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level to be between the min/max level.
Q, 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.
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