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Car "show me,  tell me"  vehicle safety questions

About the questions

The examiner will ask you one:

  • ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving

"Tell me" questions

  1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
    When testing the brakes, they should not feel spongy or slack. Ideally they should be tested as you set off and the vehicle should not pull to one side.
  2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
    The information regarding tyre pressures can be found in the manufacturer’s guide or inside the driver's door panel. Use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.
  3. 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 thickest 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.
  4. Tell me how you’d 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 three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
  5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
    Switch on the headlights and tail lights and explain that you would exit the vehicle to physically check the lights.
  6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
    The ABS warning light would stay illuminated after engine is turned on if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
  7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
    Switch on the hazard lights and explain that you would exit the vehicle to physically check the lights.
  8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
    Press the brake pedal and either make use of reflections in windows or doors or ask someone to help check the brake lights are on.
  9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
    If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 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.
  10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
    Switch on the rear fog (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Fog lights should be used when you cannot see more than 100 metres due to fog or spray from vehicles.
  11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
    Switch on dipped headlights then push left indicator stalk away to switch on the main beams (with ignition or engine on if necessary). Check that the main beam blue warning light has turned on.
  12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
    The Mini Cooper F56 petrol engine does not have a physical dipstick but explain it has an electronic dipstick where the oil level can be checked from the interior computer display.
  13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
    Identify high and low level markings inside the coolant container. Explain that the level is checked when engine is cold as coolant gets very hot and becomes pressurised.
  14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
    Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings on the outside of the brake fluid container.

"Show me" questions

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?