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Q: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on the car (examiner can help).
A: Ask the examiner if they can check the back of the car while you turn the ignition on and press the foot brake to activate the brake lights (don't start the car though). You might also be able to see the reflection of the lights on a wall or in windows.
Q: Show me/explain how you can check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
A: Tell the examiner that you would start the car and move the steering wheel a little left and right. It should feel easy and light to steer and not heavy.
Q: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
A: Turn the ignition on and operate the windscreen washer lever.
Q: Show me how you can check the direction indicators are working.
A: Turn the hazard warning lights on, get out and check from the pavement that the front indicators are working and the back ones (both sides).
Q: Show me how you would set the demister controls to demist the front and rear screens.
A: Turn the ignition on. Turn the fan on, switched round to blow on to the front window and press the rear demister button to demist the rear.
Q: Show me how you can check the horn is working (off road only).
A: Press the centre of the steering wheel (the horn) and you should hear that it works.
Q: Show me how you would switch on the fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.
A: Turn the ignition on. Turn the dipped headlights on and then the rear fog light. Check that the warning light is on for the fog light (no need to get out or switch the engine on). Explain that you would only use the fog light(s) if visibility was poor and that you could not see further than 100 metres.
Q: Show me how you can check the handbrake (parking brake) for excessive wear.
A: Press the foot brake, release the handbrake, re-
Q: Show me how you would switch your headlights from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst in the car.
A: Turn the ignition on. Twist the end of the light switch from off position, then side lights, then to dipped. You then need to pull the lever towards you for the main beam. Tell the examiner that you can see the (blue) main beam warning light is displayed on the dashboard.
Note: Failure on one or both of the show me tell me questions will result in one minor fault.
Show Me, Tell Me Q & A