Progress Driving: Lessons in Tewkesbury, Cheltenham, Walton Cardiff, Twyning, Upton upon Severn, Bishop's Cleeve, Eckington, Pershore and Evesham

  • Tewkesbury
  • Cheltenham
  • Walton Cardiff
  • Evesham
  • Twyning
  • Eckington
  • Bishop's Cleeve
  • Eckington

Show and Tell questions

At the beginning of your practical test, you will be asked two questions about the car, one “Show me” question and one “Tell me” question. There are 19 possible questions, and they are described here along with the answers.

Q1           Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the car has sufficient oil?

A             Open the bonnet. Point to the dipstick (you won’t have to use it). To check that the oil level is good, you need to pull out the stick and wipe it clean. After wiping it, put it back in. Pull it out again and the min/max marks will tell you if you have the right amount (halfway between min and max).

Q             What if your engine doesn’t have enough?

A             There is an oil filler cap on top of the engine. Unscrew the cap, and pour more oil into the engine. Check the level each time you put more in to make sure it is correct.

Q2           Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the car has the correct amount?

A            Open the bonnet. Point to the coolant header tank. On the tank, point to the min/max marks.

WARNING! When you have to top up the coolant tank, make sure the engine is cold, because unscrewing the filler cap on a hot engine will release a jet of steam.

Q3           Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

A             Open the bonnet. Point to the screen wash tank. If the bottle has min/max marks, you can use these as a guide. If it doesn’t, then you will need to talk about undoing the tank cap in order to check to see how much fluid is inside.

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             Open the bonnet. Point to the brake fluid reservoir. Show the examiner the min/max marks on the outside of the bottle. If the level is below min, you need to top up with brake fluid.

Q5           Tell me how would you check that the brake lights are working on this car?

A             If the car needs you to, turn the key in the ignition until you get the instrument lights on the dash. Press the brake pedal.  At the back of the car, the examiner will be able to tell if the brake lights work. If you haven’t got anyone with you, you can use garage doors or windows to give you a reflection so you know your brake lights are working.

Q6           Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before you start a journey.

A             The brake pedal shouldn’t feel spongy or slack as you press it. If the pedal goes all the way down, the brakes won’t work. If you’re happy the brakes do work, test how good they are while you’re still at low speed before you get to the end of the road. The car should not pull to one side – if it does, this indicates a leak in the system.

Q7           Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.

A             The recommended tyre pressures are shown in the car’s manual. Check the tyre pressures with a tyre pressure gauge. Use the gauge on the tyre inflating equipment to check that your tyres are at the correct pressure, not forgetting the spare.

Q8           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.

A             Check for cuts and bulges on the tyre walls. The min. tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the width of the tyre all the way round.

Q9           Explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A             As you turn the engine on, the steering is stiff. After a couple of seconds the steering becomes lighter to use. If it doesn’t become lighter, the power steering is not working.

Q10        Show me how you would check that the headlights and tail lights are working.

A             Turn on the headlights. Going to the front of the car, show the sidelight and the dipped headlight bulbs are working on both sides. Go round the back, and show that the tail light bulbs are working.

Q11        Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

A             Turn on the hazard warning lights. Go around the car showing that all the indicator bulbs are working.

Q12        Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

A             Press the horn to sound it, turning the ignition key if necessary. How to sound the horn varies according to the model of car.

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

A             When you pull up the handbrake, it needs to secure itself with the button stiff. The further the handle has to be pulled up, the more worn it is.

Q14        Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.

A             Turn on the ignition, but don’t fire up the engine. Turning the switch produces a jet of water directed at the screen. The wipers then automatically wipe the screen.

Q15        Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively. This should include both front and rear screens.

A             To demist, you need to set the temperature higher, set the flow so it’s directed to the windscreen, and set the blower speed higher. To demist the rear windscreen, you need to switch on the rear window demister.

Q16        Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you use it/them.

A             Turn on dipped headlights, then turn on the fog light switch (turn on the ignition if you need to, but don’t start the engine). Use fog lights when visibility is reduced to less than 100metres. You must turn them off when visibility gets better.

Q17        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 inside the car.

A             With the dipped headlights switched on, pull the lights lever towards you until it clicks. The green light on the dash that indicates dipped headlights changes to a blue light.

Q18        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             The main body of the head restraint should be in line with the ears and eyes, and quite close to the back of the head.

Q19        Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

A             A warning light would show up on the dash if a fault occurs.


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