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‘Show me, tell me’ questions

As a learner driver, apart from mastering the accelerator, brake and clutch, you’ll be expected to understand the basic workings of a car. This involves simple routine maintenance and essential checks to make sure the car you’re driving is reliable, safe and fit for operation on UK roads. Before and during your practical test, you’ll be asked some ‘show me, tell me’ questions by the examiner. It’s essential that you revise these set questions and answers in advance. They are limited in number and easy to find on the gov.uk website. However, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) changes them from time to time, so you’ll need to study a range of possible answers. You’ll be asked the ‘show me’ question before you start to drive and you must physically show the examiner how and where on the car you would carry out a particular safety check. For example, ‘show me where you would check the oil level for the car’. The examiner will then ask you a ‘tell me’ question while you’re driving and you’ll answer this verbally, such as: ‘tell me how you would check the brakes are working before you set off’. Should you answer one or both questions wrong, you’ll incur one ‘minor’ point but bear in mind you’re allowed 15 minors before failing the test. Useful tips to remember are that the ‘show me’ questions always require you to physically demonstrate how to carry out a particular vehicle safety check. The ‘tell me’ questions require you to talk through what you would do. Some questions can be similarly worded, so make sure you revise all the listed questions and answers. Be as detailed as possible when responding as this shows the examiner you’re confident and know what you’re talking about.