Showme

(PEUGEOT 207 & CITROEN C3)

Show me tell me

From December 4th 2017, the start of the driving test involves you being asked to describe and also show your examiner how you would carry out a number of safety checks on your vehicle. You will need to answer two questions regarding the maintenance and operation of the vehicle. The format is simple: One question involves you having to EXPLAIN an item before driving. The other requires you to DEMONSTRATEduring the drive. Below is the list of possible questions you could be asked. Important key words are highlighted .

TELL ME

1. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine oil level and tell me how you would check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify the dipstick, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

2. Tell me / explain how you would check that the power assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering feels heavythe system may not be working properly. 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 noticeablemovement as the system begins to operate.

3. Open the bonnet, identify where you would check the engine coolant level and tell me how you would check that the engine has the correct level.

Identify the high/low level markings on header tank, and describe how to top up to correct level.

4. Tell me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

Demonstrate by applying parking brake that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

5. Identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.

Identify reservoir and explain how it is tested by operating the windscreen washers.
6. Open the bonnet, identify where the brake fluid reservoir is and tell me how you would check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid. 

Identify reservoir, check level against the MAX/MIN markings.
7. Tell me how you would check that the direction indicators are working. 

Applying the hazard warning switch (red triangle) and check functioning of all SIX indicator bulbs.
8. Tell me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. 

Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc., or ask someone to help.

9. 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.

10. Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit the car.)

Operate switch (twist the end of the indicator switch), turn on ignition (but not the engine), walk round vehicle.

11. 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 the spare tyre, if it has one and remember to refit valve caps.

12. 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 on the sidewall of the tyre, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

13. 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 at eye level.

14. Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system (ABS).

Yellow ABS Warning light should illuminate & stay lit if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

15. Tell me how you would switch on the rear fog lights and explain when you would use it. (No need to exit vehicle).

Turn on dipped headlights, ignition and then operate the switch. (Ask your instructor for details). Check YELLOW warning light is on. Explain use.

16. Tell me how you switch your headlight 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 the BLUE main beam warning light. (This is operated by pulling the indicator switch.)

SHOW ME
During the Drive

17. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?

Check is carried out by using the horn control. (Centre of the steering wheel.)

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

Operate control to wash and wipe the rear window. (Ask your instructor how the control operates for the car you are using.)

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

Operate control to wash and wipe the rear window. (Ask your instructor how the control operates for the car you are using.)

20. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?

Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature, air direction and rear demister button to clear windscreen and windows. 

21. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?

Operate control to turn the headlights on to the dipped beam. (Ask your instructor how the control operates for the car you are using.)
22. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?
Operate the switch to open and close the driver's window. (Some cars have a feature where you don't need to keep your finger on the switch.)
For a video on the Show Me, Tell Me questions using a Ford Fiesta,
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