‘Show me, tell me’ vehicle safety questions

You’ll be asked 2 vehicle safety questions at the start of your Car driving test.

These are also known as the ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you:

  • one ‘show me’ question, where you have to show them how you’d carry out a check
  • one ‘tell me’ question, where you have to explain how you’d carry out the check

Here’s a short clip giving an example of some of the questions being asked.

‘Show me’ questions


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


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

You may need to switch the ignition on, but don’t start the engine.


‘Tell me’ questions


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.

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Read the full list of questions on the UK Government’s website


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