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Tell Me Questions

Tell Me Questions

pad50At the start of the practical driving test, the driving examiner will ask you two ‘show me, tell me questions’ (also known as the vehicle safety questions).

Continuing from the “Show Me” questions. Here are the tell me questions an examiner may ask you:

Q14 – Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Q15 – Tell Me where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir and explain how to check level.

Q16 – Tell Me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked.
Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

Q17 – Tell Me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
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. N.B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Q18 – 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.
No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 (three quarters) of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Q19 – Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle)
Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a “Tell Me” question, there is no need to physically check the lights.)

Q20 – Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system.
A warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.


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