Show Me Tell Me

Show Me Tell Me Questions

From the start of your driving test when your name is called out, you will be asked two questions by the Examiner about vehicle safety checks. One question will be the “tell me ” at the start of the test. The other is a “show me” during the actual driving test. If you get either or both questions incorrect, you usually just get one driving fault but it is possible to fail the test on this section if you lose control of the car as you are performing the checks.

Do not turn the car engine on unless the examiner is sitting in the passenger seat. Turning the engine on while you are alone in the car counts as driving without a licence. Many cars now have a diagnostic system which shows you any problems with the vehicle lit up on the dashboard. In a recent change to the MOT law, reversing lights must be working and if the engine management light is on when first turning the engine on, the test will not go ahead. If the engine management light (or equivalent light) lights up during the test and there is no compromise on safety, the test will finish as normal and the examiner will offer advice. Dashboard lights must not be hidden or covered up to mislead the examiner.

You are not allowed to just say that the car would just tell you of any problems because the system may be faulty whereas a manual check is more reliable.

Tell Me Questions


A1: Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

A2: Manufacturer’s guide. Use a reliable tyre pressure gauge. Check and adjust all tyre pressures when tyres are cold. Do not forget the spare tyre and remember to refit valve caps.

A3: 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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

A4: No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference.

For the most up to date set of Show Me / Tell Me questions, refer to the Government website [click here].