Show and Tell Q&A

Show me how you would check that the direction
indicators are working.
Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch
and check functioning of all indicators. (may need
to switch ignition on, prompt not to start engine)

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are
working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes
should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not
pull to one side.

Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is
and tell me how you would check the windscreen
washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

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)
Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in
windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to
help. (may need to switch ignition on, prompt not to
start engine)

Show me / explain 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.

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, use a reliable pressure
gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are
cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps

Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you

keep safe control of the vehicle Apply footbrake firmly.

Demonstrate by applying

parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully

applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the

working travel.

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 header tank

where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how

to top up to correct level.

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 as close to the back of

the head as is comfortable.

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, check level against high/low

markings.

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.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across

the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around

the entire outer circumference.

Show me how you would check that the horn is

working (off road only).

Check is carried out by using control (turn on

ignition if necessary).

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are

working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes

should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not

pull to one side.

Show me how you would clean the windscreen

using the windscreen washer and wipers

Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn

ignition on if necessary.

Tell me how you would check that the headlights &

tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)

Explanation: Operate switch (turn on ignition if

necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a

“Tell Me” question, there is no need to physically

check the lights.)

Show me how you would set the demister controls

to clear all the windows effectively, this should

include both front and rear screens

Set all relevant controls including; fan, temperature,

air direction / source and heated screen to clear

windscreen and windows.

Tell me how you would know if there was a

problem with your anti lock braking system

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault

with the anti lock braking system

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

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if

necessary), check with main beam warning light

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog

light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.

(No need to exit vehicle)

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and

ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on.

 

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