At the beginning of your driving test, after your photocard and counterpart licences
have been checked and you are able to clearly read the characters on a license plate
which is 20 metres away, (20.5 metres for an old style license plate), you will be
asked two vehicle safety questions which are known as the ‘show me/tell me’ questions.
These two questions will be from a bank of nineteen questions, the questions and
correct answers are shown below. Remember that different vehicles will have
their components in different places, this guide shows the location of them in Fineline
Driving Academy tuition vehicles (new Ford Fiestas) only.
1.Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators, (you may need to switch ignition on).
2.Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car, (if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).
Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, or ask someone to help, (you may need to switch ignition on).
3. Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
You should apply gentle pressure on the steering wheel while the engine is off, maintain the pressure while the engine is started, this should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the power steering system begins to operate. Also turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power steering is functioning.
4. Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
Apply footbrake firmly so that your car doesnt begin to roll. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
5. Show me how you would check that the horn is working.
Check is carried out by sounding the horn (turn on ignition if necessary) Needless to say, you need to know where the horn is before your test!
6. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary). Make sure you know how to operate the wipers/washers before your test!
7. Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them, (there is no need to exit vehicle).
Operate the fog light switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check fog light warning light is on. Explain when the use of fog lights is required (when visibility is seriously reduced).
8. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.
Operate the switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light on your dashboard.
9. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.
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 but electronics of the car should be on.
10. 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 and explain that you need to take it out and dry it with a tissue then put it back in for a reliable reading, describe check of oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.
Figure 1. Checking the engine oil level in your car.
11. 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 high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
Figure 2. Engine coolant bay and minimum/maximum levels in your car.
12. 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.
Figure 3. Brake fluid reservoir and minimum/maximum levels in your car.
13. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Your brakes should not feel spongy or slack when you apply the brake pedal. Brakes should be tested as you set off, your vehicle should not pull to one side as you brake.
14. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir and explain that the fluid inside should be visible.
Figure 4. Windscreen washer reservoir and visible washer fluid.
15.Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
You should refer to the manufacturer’s manual and use a reliable pressure gauge to find out what the pressure is in your tyres. Check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t drive without a spare tyre.
16. 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. Top of head restraint should be level with the top of your head.
17.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.
A 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference, there should be no cuts or bulges.
18.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 around the vehicle.
19.Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
A yellow warning light will illuminate on your dashboard saying ABS if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.