Show Me / Tell Me Safety Questions

We have provided a list of questions and suggested answers to the SHOW ME / TELL ME safety check questions that the examiner will ask you.

One ‘tell me’ question at the start of a driving test, before you start driving.

‘show me’ question while you are driving. You can fail on the ‘show me’ part  if you do it when unsafe or if your driving becomes unsafe whilst showing the examiner how. It’ll be marked as a dangerous fault.

The candidate should be familiar with the relevant component’s location and the method of checking each component on the vehicle that will be used on the day of the test.
DSA SAFETY-CHECK QUESTION BANK FOR CARS:

‘Tell me questions’

1. Tell 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 don’t start the engine).

Operate brake pedal; make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc. or ask someone to help.

2. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. The brakes should be tested as you set off and the vehicle should
not pull to one side.

3. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre-pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

Manufacturer’s guide, You should check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, using a reliable pressure gauge. Remember to re-fit the valve caps and to check the spare tyre.

4. 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.

There should be no cuts and / or bulges; 1.6 mm 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 would check that 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 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.

6. Tell me how you would check that the headlights and tail-lights are working. (No need to exit the vehicle).

Operate switch – (turn on ignition if necessary); walk round vehicle.

7. Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

Apply the indicators – (turn on ignition if necessary) – or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.  

8. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it / them.
(No need to exit vehicle, please don’t start the engine).

Operate the appropriate switch as per the manufacturer’s instructions. You may need to switch the
ignition on to do this.
You would use the rear fog lights when visibility is reduced to less than 100 metres (Highway Code).

9. Tell me how you switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you
would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

Operate the appropriate switch as per manufacturer’s instructions and note the colour of the warning light
displayed on the instrument panel. The standard code is green for dipped and blue for main beam. For
those people who are unable to differentiate between the colours, note the different layout of the symbols
used.
10. 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  close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: some restraints might not be adjustable.

11. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Check that the appropriate symbol used in the instrument panel goes out when the engine is started and
remains off for the duration of your journey.

12. 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; describe check of oil level against the minimum / maximum markers.

13. 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 the header tank where fitted or radiator filler-cap; describe how to
top up to correct level.

14. 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 and check level against high / low markings.

‘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?

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