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Show & Tell questions...

At the beginning of your practical driving test you will be asked two questions.

There are now thirteen possible combinations of two questions. Answering one or both these questions incorrectly will result in one minor fault being recorded.

The source material is to be found in the DSA publication 'Driving the essential skills' and ' The official DSA driving test'. Advice and information on how to carry out vehicle safety checks can also be found in the manufacturer's handbook.

Combinations of questions to be used on test

Combination 1

Question:- Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Answer:- Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check the functioning of all indicators.

Question:- Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Answer:- Brakes should be tested as you set off. The brakes should not feel spongy or slack and the Vehicle should not pull to one side.


Combination 2

Question:- Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Answer:- Identify the reservoir and explain how to check the level by seeing fluid in the neck of the bottle.

Question:- Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (The examiner can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please do not start the engine).
Answer:- Operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help (you may need to switch the ignition on, but do not start the engine).


Combination 3

Question:- Show me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
Answer:- If the steering becomes heavy the system may not be working properly.Before starting a journey two simple checks can be made. Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, 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.

Question:- Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how the tyre pressures should be checked.
Answer:- The information is in the manufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre and remember to refit valve caps.


Combination 4

Question:- Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear.
Answer:- Apply footbrake firmly and demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself and is not at the end of it's working travel.

Question:- Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Answer:- Identify reservoir and explain how to check level by seeing fluid in the neck of the bottle.


Combination 5

Question:- 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.
Answer:- Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level between the minimum/maximum markers.

Question:- Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how the tyre pressures should be checked.
Answer:- Information is in the manufacturer's guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre and remember to refit valve caps.


Combination 6

Question:- 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.
Answer:- Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Question:- Tell me how you would make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
Answer:- 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 head restraints might not be adjustable.


Combination 7

Question:- 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.
Answer:- Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.

Question:- 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.
Answer:- No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.


Combination 8

Question:- Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Answer:- Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).

Question:- 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.
Answer:- No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.


Combination 9

Question:- Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Answer:- Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Question:- Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the washer and wipers.
Answer:- Turn ignition on if necessary and operate the control to wash and wipe windscreen.


Combination 10

Question:- Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working (No need to exit vehicle as tell me question).
Answer:- Explain how you would operate light switch (turn on ignition if necessary).

Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Answer:- Set all relevant controls including; fan speed' temperature control, air vent direction/source and heated screen switches too clear front and rear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.


Combination 11

Question:- Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them Answer:- Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on dashboard. Explain use.

Question:- Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
Answer:- Warning light on dashboard should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.


Combination 12

Question:- Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (The examiner can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please do not start the engine).
Answer:- Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help (you may need to switch the ignition on, but do not start the engine).

Question:- Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle as tell me question)
Answer:- Explain how you would operate light switch (turn on ignition if necessary).


Combination 13

Question:- Show me how you would  switch your headlight from dipped beam to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst in the car.
Answer:- Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), check with blue main beam warning light on dashboard.

Question:- Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
Answer:- Warning light on dashboard should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

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