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, the question bank was amended in July 2008 and again in Dec 2017 which includes demonstrating controls of the car on the move.
On your driving test you will be asked one ‘show me’ question and one ‘tell me’ question, after the eyesight test. The ‘show me’ question will require you to physically do something such as sound the car’s horn or demist the windows while on the move. The ‘tell me’question will be purely verbal.
If you cannot complete the show me question on the move the examiner will ask/allow you to pull up on the left and then demonstrate the use of the required control.
You cannot fail your practical driving test for getting one or both questions wrong, but you can pickup 1 minor driving fault as a result of one or two incorrect answers. 16 or more minor driving faults, or one serious or one dangerous fault will result in a test failure.
Show me tell me
Here is the the complete set of show me tell me safety questions and answers below for use in a practical driving test, as well as added explanations and advice.
You do not need to answer the questions word for word, but should demonstrate a good understanding of the topics.
In preparation for your test i will show where everything is on the car, but this page 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.
NOTE- The show and tell questions are used by the driving examiner on a practical test in various combinations, and so a certain ‘tell me’ question above may be used in conjuction with several different ‘show me’ questions.