In addition to the uk driving theory test, you will now have to demonstrate a knowledge of car maintenance and safety checks.

Show me / Tell me questions for car drivers click HERE to print pdf file of all questions

Examples of the type of question you will be asked

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Do not touch anything - only point to object and describe what you would do.

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Example one

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.

Cold engine, car on level surface. Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level. Withdraw dipstick, wipe it clean, place back into dipstick hole, withdraw again and this time check oil level against the maximum/minimum markers on the dip stick - see photo.

2. Show me / explain how you would check that 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 two 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.



Example two

1. 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 high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Cold engine! Remove cap and top up with water antifreeze mixture to manufacturer's recommendations. See photo.

2. Show 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.



Example three
1. Identify 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. No max or min markers - Check by looking into bottle to see if it is full - top up as necessary See photo

2. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only). 

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).



Example four
1. 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 high/low markings. Check manufacturer's recommendations for correct type of brake / Hydraulic fluid . See photo

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

Apply the indicators NOT hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. Check right hand signal and then left hand signal.



Example five
1. 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.

2. Show 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.



Example six
1. 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.

2. Show me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. 

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle checking that lights work.



Example seven
1. Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked. 

Tyre pressure information can be found on passenger door pillar, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

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

Apply the indicators NOT hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. Walk around car - Check right hand signal and then left hand signal.



Example eight
1. 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, bulges, obvious damage, nails etc, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central of the width of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

2. Show me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. 

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.



Example nine
1. 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, bulges, obvious damage, nails etc, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central ¾ of the width of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

2. Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only). 

Check is carried out by using control (turn on ignition if necessary).



Example ten
1. 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 high/low markings. Check manufacturer's recommendations for correct type of brake fluid See photo

2. Show me / explain how you would check that 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 two 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.



Example eleven

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.  

Cold engine, car on level surface. Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level. Withdraw dipstick, wipe it clean, place back into dipstick hole, withdraw again and this time check oil level against the maximum/minimum markers.

2. Show me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. 

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.



Example twelve
1. 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 high/low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

Cold engine! Remove cap and top up with water antifreeze mixture to manufacturer's recommendations.



2. Show me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. 

Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), walk round vehicle.

These are some of the current questions and answers sent to driving schools in the uk. Click link to access full list.

However, some examiners have been known to vary the questions slightly, using their own language and style - so don't expect them to ask you "Robot Style"!