FAQ: What are the 'show me' questions on my driving test ??

Some frequently asked questions when learning to drive!
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Q: Open the bonnet, Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

A: Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.


Q: 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 dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum/maximum markers.


Q: 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.

A: Identify high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.


Q: 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: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings.


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

A: Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators.


Q: Show me how you would check the brake lights are working on this car.

A: Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help.


Q: Show me, or explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

A: 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.


Q: Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear; make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.

A: Apply foot brake 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.


Q: Show me how you would check that the horn is working.

A: Check is carried out by using control.


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

A: Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen.


Q: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use them.

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


Q: Show me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you would know the main beam is on.

A: Operate switch, check with main beam warning light.


Q: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively.

A: Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.