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Show Me Tell Me Questions

"Show Me Tell Me" is the name given to the technical/safety questions asked by a driving examiner in the UK practical driving test.

This element of the practical test was first introduced in September 2003, and the question bank was amended in July 2008.

On your driving test you wil be asked one 'Show Me' question and one 'Tell Me' question after the eyesight test, but before starting the engine. The 'Show Me' question will require you to physically do something such as sound the car's horn or to point to something such as the engine oil dipstick and describe a procedure under the bonnet. The 'Tell Me' question will be purely verbal.

You cannot fail your practical driving test for getting one or both questions wrong, but you can pick up 1 minor driving fault as a result of one or two incorrect answers, 16 or more minor driving faults, one serious or one dangerous fault will result in a test failure.

CLICK HERE to see the complete set of Show Me Tell Me safety questions and answers for use in a practical driving test, as well as added explanations and advice.

CLICK HERE to watch some helpful videos of the Show Me Tell Me safety questions

You do not need to answer the questions word for word, but should demonstrate a good understanding of the topics.

If you are having driving lessons with an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI), he or she will show you where everything is on the car you are learning to drive but this website is intended to be a valuable aid to that learning.

When you pass your driving test it is a great idea to familiarise yourself with all the items mentioned on your own car or the car that you will be using. Basic regular checks not only keep the car safer, but can also spare you an unnecessary breakdown and/or repair bill.