BOLTON DRIVER TRAINING
VEHICLE CHECK QUESTIONS
You will be asked two questions at the start of the practical test, one 'show me' and one 'tell me'. The show me, tell me questions cover the basic knowledge and safety checks that all drivers should understand and regularly carry out to ensure their vehicle is safe.

The following list are examples of the type of Show Me, Tell Me questions you may be asked ...


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Show Me, Tell Me
Questions, asked on your
practical test
 
Questions updated as of August 2008
 
Q1. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
A. Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)
 
Q2. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
 
Q3. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
A. Identify reservoir and explain how to check level. Check your car's manual to see how to do this.
 
Q4. 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.
A. Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.
 
Q5. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car.
A. Turn ignition on, apply brake pedal and get someone to check the lights are on from the back of the car.
 
Q6. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
A. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.
 
Q7. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
A. 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.
 
Q8. 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. 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.
 
Q9. Show me/explain how you would check that the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A. 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.
 
Q10. Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
A. Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.
 
Q11. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
A. Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and walking around the vehicle to check functioning of all indicators.
 
Q12. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
A. Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).
 
Q13. Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.
A. Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.
 
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