The show me tell me questions for your driving test in 2021 are all answered in the video below. I’ve also written the questions on this page so you can read through them more quickly.
The car in this video is the same one that you’re learning in in 2021 if you’re taking driving lessons with me.
The answers in this video are not word-for-word as they’re written by the DVSA. We did this on purpose so it was more realistic because just quoting text from a page doesn’t mean you’ve understood the answer. That’s why the DVSA stopped publishing all the theory test questions, people were just learning the answer but not what they meant.
All of the answers given in this video would be accepted and it shows how you don’t have to get them exactly correct. The examiners are quite forgiving and flexible in this respect.
Show me questions and answers
The questions below are all taken from the official DVSA guide.
1. Tell me how you’d 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.
2. Tell me where you’d 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.
3. 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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.
4. Tell me how you’d 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 three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.
Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.
7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.
Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).
8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.
Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.
9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.
If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 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.
10. 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.
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.
11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.
12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.
Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.
13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.
Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.
14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.
Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.
You need to open the bonnet and tell the examiner how you’d do the check if you’re asked question 12, 13 or 14.
Tell me questions and answers
When it’s safe to do so, can you show me…
- How you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
- How you wash and clean the front windscreen?
- How you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
- How you’d set the rear demister?
- How you’d operate the horn?
- How you’d demist the front windscreen?
- How you’d open and close the side window?
Tips for show me tell
The examiner will ask you 2 questions relating to vehicle safety. The “tell me” question is done at the start of your test before you start driving. The “show me” question is done while you are driving.
If you get either or both questions wrong you usually just get 1 minor fault but it is possible to fail the test on this section if you lose control of the car while operating the controls.
Many cars now have a diagnostic system which shows you some problems with the vehicle on the dashboard. You are not allowed to just say that the car would just tell you of any problems because the system may be faulty and your vehicle may not have it.
My number one tip: if they say TELL me then TELL them. If they say SHOW ME then SHOW THEM. Many people get this wrong due to nerves and end up showing the tell or telling the show. It doesn’t really matter but you just don’t need to – only do what they ask!
Get more help with my how to drive a car guide.