General Maintenance and Show Me/Tell Me Questions for the driving test

Since 1st September 2003 the examiner has asked candidates 2 "show me/tell me" questions at the start of the driving test.

Should the candidate fail to answer either one or both questions correctly, this would be assessed as 1 driving fault and would not therefore constitute a reason for failing the test in its own right.

A candidate will have to either SHOW or EXPLAIN how to do simple maintenance tasks.
At the start of the practical test the Examiner will ask the pupil a 'Tell Me' question, for example "Tell me how you would change a tyre". This would be followed by a 'Show Me' question, for example "Show me where to check the oil level".

A candidate will not FAIL a Driving Test for a wrong answer however they will get ONE Driving Fault if they are wrong. This test will be included inside the existing time limit for the practical test which means less time spend out on the road.

This section has been designed to help you through this element of the practical test.

Driving test changes from December 2017
From 4th December 2017 you will now be asked 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 and then while your driving during the test, the driving examiner will ask you one ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) for example, showing how to wash the windscreen using the car controls and wipers.
List of all the new questions:-
Tell Me - Questions asked at the START the Car Driving Test From Dec 2017
Show Me - Questions asked DURING the Car Driving Test From Dec 2017


Some Show Me/Tell Me examples with animations include:-

Head restraint:- Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
See the complete answer 2passAdjusting your head restraint correctly

Tyre pressures:- Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
See the complete answer 2passHow 2 Check Tyres

Power steering:- Show me/explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
See the complete answer 2passPower assisted steering

Check coolant:- Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check the engine has the correct level.
See the complete answer 2passHow 2 Check Coolant Levels

Check oil:- Open the bonnet identify, where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has enough oil.
See the complete answer 2passHow 2 Check Engine Oil

You will find more Tell Me/Show me Questions and Answers by looking at the maintenance items listed futher down this page.


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The maintenance items listed should be performed weekly.

Click on the list to see 'How to do it' and more Questions and Answers for the Practical Driving Test.

2pass Engine Oil Level Check the level after parking the vehicle on a level spot and turning off the engine.

2pass Engine Coolant Level Check the coolant level when the engine is cold.

2pass Brake Fluid Level Make sure that the brake fluid level is between the "MAX" and "MIN" lines on the reservoir.

2pass Check Brakes and Handbrake for excessive wear

2pass Power Steering Fluid Level If your vehicle has power steering check this reservoir the same as the brake fluid.

2pass Windscreen Washer Fluid Check that there is adequate fluid in the tank.

2pass Tyres Check the pressure with a gauge. Check carefully for damage, cuts or excessive wear.

2pass Windscreen Wiper Blades Check for cracks or wear if they do not wipe properly.

2passLights Make sure that the headlights, stop lights, rear lights, parking lights, indicator lights, and other lights are all operating properly.

2passBattery Check the battery fluid in each cell.

2passFlat Battery? How 2 Jump Start your Car

Location Engine Checks

When performing any inspection or maintenance work on your vehicle, always take care to prevent serious accidental injury to yourself or damage to the vehicle. The following are general precautions which should be observed.

1. Park your vehicle on a level surface, apply the hand brake and chock the wheels to prevent the vehicle moving. If you have a automatic, move the control lever to 'park' (P).
2. Turn off the engine and wait until it cools down. Do not work while the engine is hot.
3. If you have to work with the engine running, keep your hands, clothing, hair and tools away from moving parts such as the fan belt and fans. It is advisable to remove ties and jewellery, such as rings, watches.
4. If the engine is running in a enclosed space such as a garage, make sure there is proper ventilation for exhaust fumes.
5. Never get under the vehicle while it is only supported by a jack. Support the vehicle with safety stands.
6. Never smoke and keep flames and sparks away from the fuel and battery.
7. Never connect or disconnect either the battery or any other electrical components while the ignition is switched on.


Minor and Major Vehicle Service

Minor and Major servicing is required to ensure good engine and emission control, and to keep the vehicle in good mechanical condition.
Always refer to your 'Maintenance schedule' on your vehicle. Vehicles today have been designed to have minimum maintenance requirements with longer service intervals to save you both time and money.

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