Steps to your Licence

'Show Me' Questions

During your test, the examiner will ask you one 'Show Me' question, and one 'Tell Me' question.
While it isn't mandatory to get these questions right, getting one wrong will result in a minor fault.

Your Progress instructor will be practicing these with you before your test,
and they are shown below to make things easier for you.


Show me/explain how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey.
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. If the steering is heavy the system is not working properly.
Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, keeping 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 it’s working travel.
Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Check is carried out by using the horn control. (You may need to switch on the ignition, but you should not start the engine).
Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Apply the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (You may need to switch the ignition on, but you should not start the engine).
Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you with this if you wish). 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. (The examiner is allowed to check for you).
Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen. (You may need to switch the ignition on, but you should not start the engine.)
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 and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.
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, but without starting the engine). Check warning light is on. Explain when to use fog lights.
Show me how you switch your headlights 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.

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