Show Me Tell me Part 1 – Tell me – ENGINE

Your practical driving test isn’t just about the physical act of driving. Before you even get in the car you’ll be asked some questions which we call Tell Me questions. You’ll be asked one Tell Me question before you start driving and one Show Me questions when you’re in the car.

Knowing the answers to all these questions isn’t just important to pass your test but it’s important for your everyday driving.

We’ve broken down the questions for you, so read on to prepare yourself for the official Tell Me questions and answers.

ENGINE:

Be a driving pro –

Make sure you know how to open the bonnet of the car and close it safely

  • Make sure ties, hair, necklaces etc. do NOT get caught in the engine!
  • If it’s in a clear plastic container, it’s meant to be checked visually
  • Different parts of the engine are coloured to draw attention to them so familiarise yourself with your car and it’s colours (remember each car is different!)
  • Oil and brakes have a red warning lights on the dashboard inside the car and engine coolant has a temperature gauge
  • Red means danger! (Pull over as soon as you can safely)
  • Make sure the engine is off before opening the bonnet.


TOP TIP: Every car is different, in these pictures we have used a Vauxhall Corsa as this is a very popular first car. However, ALWAYS check your handbook to see where things are and how to maintain them properly and if you’re not sure…pop to your friendly local garage and they’ll be happy to help you out!

 

1.Examiner: Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Pupil: On a flat and level surface, having let the oil settle, you identify the dipstick/oil level indicator and check the oil level against the minimum and maximum markers by removing the dipstick, wiping it clean putting it back in and pulling it back out again.

Impress your examiner: Know exactly where to put the oil and what kind of oil you need.


Be safe:
Remember there is an oil warning light on your dashboard and if it goes red, pull over (as soon as you can safely)!

 

 

2) Examiner: Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Pupil: You identify the correct reservoir and check that the level is between the minimum and maximum.

 

Top Tip: Your handbrake is linked to the warning light on your dashboard. You need to make sure your handbrake is completely off when you’re driving as, if it’s not, the car can still move but the warning light can mask any danger if your handbrake is partially on.

 

 

3)   Examiner: Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that your engine has sufficient engine coolant.

 

Pupil: You would identify the correct reservoir, check the level against the markings or the radiator filler cap and describe how you would fill to the correct level.

Top tip: If the coolant level is low, add the correct coolant to the reservoir (not the radiator itself). You can use diluted coolant by itself, or a 50/50 mixture of concentrated coolant and distilled water. When the coolant rises to the cold fill line, replace the cap and tighten it until you feel it click. But always check your handbook oh and if you take the top off when it’s still hot and under pressure, you’ll be covered in boiling hot engine coolant, so be careful!

 

 


Be safe:
Remember, your engine coolant is connected to a temperature gauge on your dashboard!

 

 

 

Next week we’ll be looking at more Tell Me questions (yes, there’s more) but you’ll be a Tell Me Pro in no time!

 

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Show Me Tell me Part 2 – EXTERNAL CHECKS

Welcome to Part 2 of the Show Me, Tell Me questions.

Remember, your practical driving test isn’t just about the physical act of driving. Before you even get in the car you’ll be asked some questions which we call Tell Me questions. You’ll be asked one Tell Me question before you start driving and one Show Me questions when you’re in the car.

Knowing the answers to all these questions isn’t just important to pass your test but it’s important for your everyday driving.

We’ve broken down the questions for you, so read on to prepare yourself for the official Tell Me questions and answers.


Quick tips

  1. The external checks are about your lights and tyres
  2. When checking, start from the bottom and work up
  3. If there are puddles under the car that shouldn’t be there, you might have a leak
  4. Make sure your tyres are not flat, a quick look will tell you if you have a slow puncture
  5. Be careful if you’re anywhere near builders or building sites, the possibility that you’ll drive over a nail or screw is high!
  6. Remember to make sure your wing mirrors are out before driving off
  7. Make sure your windows are clean and clear, out and in
  8. Check that the roof of your car is clear. You don’t want whatever’s up there to come off when you’re driving and stop you from seeing

 

Remember: Every car is different so get to know yours. If you’re unsure, that’s what your car handbook is for!

Lights

  1. Examiner: Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working.

Pupil: Explain to your examiner that you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary) and then you’d walk around the vehicle checking that they were working.

Top tip: If your indicator lights are flashing too quickly on the dashboard, your bulb has probably gone. Check and replace if needed.

2)  Examiner: Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working.
Pupil: Explain you’d operate the necessary switches (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk around vehicle checking that they were working.

 3) Examiner: How would you check your brake light is working?
Pupil: Explain that you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or by asking someone to help.

Top tip: On your driving test, ask your examiner to stand behind the car to help you check.

Be safe: Your brake lights should be checked routinely, if it doesn’t work how does the car behind you know you are stopping?

Save Time: When practicing and checking your lights you can do them all at the same time. Turn on your ignition so the dashboard lights up (do NOT turn the engine on) this how you can check all your warning lights are working. Then stick the car into reverse, put your hazards on, lights on full beam and turn the fog lights on. With that, a quick walk round the car shows you all lights are working.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Always carry a spare set of bulbs. And know how to change them. It has got me out of trouble before. Remember the lights are so people can see them

Tyres

Remember: Your tyres are more important than you might realise. If you look after them, they’ll look after you.

  1. Examiner: Where would you find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how should you you check the pressure in your tyres?

Pupil: You can find the information in the manufacturer’s guide and you’d check the pressure by using a reliable pressure gauge when tyres are cold.

2) Examiner: How would you check the tyres to ensure they have sufficient tread depth and that they are road worthy?
Pupil: You are looking for 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre as well as, around the entire outer circumference of the tyre. You’d also check to make sure there are no cuts or bulges.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

The 1.6 mm limit was set years ago and since then, cars have become bigger and faster. The brakes have improved too but if you’re tyres aren’t right then these things don’t matter. Make sure you have good tread. Enough tread to cover the edge of a 20 Pence piece.

Be a driving pro: The more tread you have, the better. You can stop more efficiently and be much safer on the roads.
Top tip: All tyres have wear bars in the groves which will help you see when you’re near the limit.

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SHOW ME TELL ME PART 3 – INTERNAL CHECKS

Welcome to Part 3 of the Show Me, Tell Me questions.

Remember, your practical driving test isn’t just about the physical act of driving. Before you even get in the car you’ll be asked some questions which we call Tell Me questions. You’ll be asked one Tell Me question before you start driving and one Show Me questions when you’re driving the car.

Knowing the answers to all these questions isn’t just important to pass your test but it’s important for your everyday driving.

We’ve broken down the questions for you, so read on to prepare yourself for the official Tell Me questions and answers.

 

Quick tips

  • The internal checks are about your brakes, the bigger lights, your head restraint and the steering

  • Keep the inside of your car nice and clean, especially when going on your test

  • Make sure you keep your footwells clear. A can or other rubbish rolling under your brake could be a life altering experience.

  • Keep your dash clear of rubbish too. It all reflects onto the windscreen and wil obscure your view

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Make a good first impression, you will be judged on how the inside of your car looks.

Brakes

1) Examiner: Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey?

Pupil: You test them by squeezing down hard on them before moving off, if they feel feel spongy or slack then there is a problem with them.

2) Examiner: Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system?

Pupil: The warning light on the dashboard will illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

Tip: You are looking for this light to go out after a few seconds after you turn the ignition on. If it stays on you have a problem with your ABS.

ABS = Anti-lock Braking System and is to stop your wheels from locking up. It’s to stop your wheels from locking under braking, allowing the chance of steering.

FYI: Make sure you can identify the brake warning light. Be aware that if you have not released the handbrake properly the red warning light will stay on. So you might have a serious brake problem but not be aware because the handbrake is not fully off. Check out SMTM Part 2 to learn how to check all your lights efficiently.

Steering

1.Examiner: How would you check your power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey?

Pupil: You put a gentle amount of pressure on the steering wheel, keeping this pressure maintained as the engine is started. It should result in a slight, but noticeable movement as the power-assisted steering begins to operate.


Top Tip:
 You could also turn the steering wheel just after moving off and this will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is working.

The Car Seat

Top tip: Besides checking the head restraint check the seat belt by giving it a sharp tug. It should lock up. When the buckle goes in give that a tug too.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

I always get my pupils to check their seatbelt. Once, one lad checked his belt on his work’s van he was being driven around in and discovered that his belt was not working

1.Examiner: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

Pupil: The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of it, 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.

Lights

Remember: See and be seen. The big lights are there so you can see and be seen in adverse weather conditions.

Examiner: Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Pupil: You operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on and explain use.

Top Tip: Driving examiners like to hear that you will use them when you can’t see 100 meters ahead. In a town this normally means you can only see one lamp post at a time as lamp posts are normally less than a 100 meters apart.

 

2) Examiner: Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Pupil: You operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), and check with main beam warning light.

Top Tip 1: The main beam warning light is the blue one on the dash.

Top Tip 2: The main beam, lights up more of the road by shining straight ahead. This will dazzle any cars in front of you coming towards you or in front. They will probably flash their lights at you to let you know. This is sometimes accompanied by hand signals not found in the Highway Code.

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SHOW ME TELL ME PART 4 – MOVING

Welcome to Part 4 of the Show Me, Tell Me questions.

Remember, your practical driving test isn’t just about the physical act of driving. Before you even get in the car you’ll be asked some questions which we call Tell Me questions which you can see below. You’ll be asked one Tell Me question before you start driving and one Show Me questions when you’re driving the car.

Knowing the answers to all these questions isn’t just important to pass your test but it’s important for your everyday driving.

We’ve broken down the questions for you, so read on to prepare yourself for the official Show Me questions and answers.

Quick tips –

  1. The show me questions cover your windows, lights and horn
  2. You need to be able to see out of your windows and know what to do if you can’t.
  3. Your dipped headlights are about being seen and putting your lights on when driving.
  4. The horn as you remember from your theory test, is to let people know you are there if they have not seen you.
  5. These questions are asked on the move.

 

Remember: The examiner will choose a quiet bit of road to ask you the Show Me question. If a problem arises, deal with it then proceed to do what the examiner wants. Remember above all, they want you to be safe.

Top tip: Practice! Learn the controls when you are parked somewhere. Then find somewhere quiet and practice when moving.


SHOW ME

  1. Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  1. Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?

 

How to: The controls for this are normally on a stick by the steering wheel. Pull towards you for front and push away for rear.

Top tip: Make sure your windscreen wash container is actually filled up.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

Buy a large bottle of ready mixed screen wash and make sure you keep topped up.

3) Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

4) Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?

Know how: Make sure you can use the blowers properly. They will make your journeys much more comfortable and remember, the driver’s comfort is the most important thing.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

If you have your mum in the car remember it’s her comfort that is most important.

Top tip: If you have an older car with a heated rear window make sure you turn it off when not needed as you are draining the battery.

5) Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

Remember: Opening and shutting your side window will help with your all important comfort in the car. You can’t beat a bit of fresh air!

6) Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

Top tip: Use your dipped headlights when you can’t see as well as you should be able to. Remember more often than not, your dipped headlights are so other people can see you.

7) Examiner: When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

Be a driving pro: If you think someone hasn’t seen you, but they need to know you are there, that’s what the horn is for. Normally a light toot will do. A big long blast is not helpful in normal use.

The Secret Driving Instructor:

The Secret Driving Instructor: Remember, no one’s driving has ever been improved by being beeped at. When I’m out with a learner and another driver beeps at us, it always makes the situation worse. So it really should just be a warning.

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