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SHOW ME, TELL ME

Welcome to Smart Driving Academy Oxford -On your practical driving test, you will be asked two ‘show and tell’ questions about safety and maintenance checks on your car. Getting one or both of them wrong will count as a driving fault on your practical driving test.

Show Me Questions

Q1. 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.

A: The coolant tank is identified in the picture just below. The coolant can be checked by looking at the maximum and minimum levels found on the side (never open the coolant when it's hot).

Q2: 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.

A. Identify the dipstick, . You would check by removing the dip-stick, wiping it clean of oil, dipping it back in, removing it again and the oil should leave a mark between the maximum and minimum marker

Q3: Open the bonnet, identify where the Windscreen Washer reservoir is and tell me how you check the level?

A. Identify reservoir, lift off cap and make a visual check of level as there are no external markings on reservoir.

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: The brake fluid reservoir is identified in the picture just below. This involves you opening the bonnet. It can be checked by looking at the maximum and minimum levels found on the side of the brake fluid reservoir.

Q5. Show me/explain how you would 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.

Q6. Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

A. Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary)

Q7. Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A: Turn the fan on, twist middle dial round to blow onto the front window, press the rear demister button to demist the rear and turn the right dial for warm air

Q8: Show me how you can check the horn is working (off road only).

A. Press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

Q9. Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).

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.

Q10. Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working correctly.

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).

Q11: Show me how you would switch on the fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.

A. Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on.

Q12. Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on whilst inside the car.

A: Turn the ignition on. Twist the light switch from off position, then side lights, then to dipped. You then need to pull the left 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.

Q13: Show me how you can check the handbrake (parking brake) for excessive wear.

A. Apply the parking brake. When it is fully applied it should secure itself.

Tell Me Questions

Q14. Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

A: Start the car, drive forward slowly and try the foot brake. It should stop the car and the pedal should feel firm and not spongy.

Q15: Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A: Tyre pressure information can be found in the car manual. You can check the tyre pressure by using a tyre pressure gauge.

Q16: Tell me how you can check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road

A: A safe tyre will have no cuts or bulges on the sides. Legally, the tread depth must be at least 1.6mm across the central 3/4s of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference and can be measured using a tread depth gauge.

Q17: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A: Tell them the head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as your eyes (or top of your ears) and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable.

Q18: Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system?

A: Warning light should illuminate on dashboard if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Q19: Show me how you can check the horn is working (off road only).

A: press the horn and listen (turn on ignition if necessary).

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