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Test Tips: “Show Me” and “Tell Me” Questions and Answers

‘Show me’ & ‘Tell me’ Questions DVSA Category B+E driving test

At the start of the test all candidates will be asked approx 6 questions from the list below.

The examiner will ask 3 ‘Show me’ and 3 ‘Tell me’ questions

Show me Questions

Q1: 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.

A: Identify reservoir, check level against high/low markings

Q2: Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.

A: Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and checking functioning of all indicators (Vehicle and trailer)

Q3: Show me how you would check that your vehicle & trailer doors are secure.

A: Physical checks should be made to ensure that windows, roof light and all doors, including cargo doors are properly closed

Q4: Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).

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

Q5: 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.

A: Identify high/low markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap and describe how to top up to correct level

Q6: Show me how you would check the parking brake for excessive wear.

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

Q7: Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers and explain how you would check the condition of the wiper blades.

A: Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary) and inspect the wipers for wear and/or damage

Q8: Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.

A: Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature, air direction and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration

Q9: Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/them.  (No need to exit the vehicle)

A: Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary) Check warning light is on. Explain to use them when visibility is less than 50m > 100m

Q10: Show 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.

A: Operate switch (with ignition on if necessary) Check with main beam warning light

Q11: Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this vehicle.  (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don’t start the engine).

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

Tell me Questions

Q12: Tell me the main safety factors involved in loading this vehicle.

A: The load should be distributed evenly throughout the trailer. Heavy items should be loaded as low as possible so that they are mainly over the axle(s). Bulkier, lighter items should also be distributed evenly to give a suitable ‘nose weight’ at the towing coupling. The nose weight should never exceed the vehicle manufacturer’s specifications

Q13: Tell me the main safety factors involved in securing a load on this vehicle.

A: Any load must be carried so that it does not endanger other road users. It must be securely stowed within the size and weight limits for the vehicle. The load needs to be secured with straps/clamps so that it cannot move or fall from the vehicle when cornering or braking

Q14: 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.

A: No cuts and bulges. 1.6mm of tread depth across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference

Q15: Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

A: The head restraint should be adjusted so that the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. (NB some restraints might not be adjustable)

Test Tips: Uncoupling and Re-Coupling a Trailer

Routine for Un-Coupling and Re-Coupling a Trailer For the B+E Trailer Driving Test

Un-coupling the trailer and parking the vehicle along side the trailer

  • Park vehicle on level, flat, firm ground and ensure the vehicles’ handbrake is on and engine switched off.
  • Put on protective gloves.
  • Walk around rear of the trailer or front of the vehicle NEVER step over the trailer when connected to the vehicle, if you need to get to other side.
  • IMPORTANT: First apply handbrake on the trailer.
  • Lower the jockey wheel, by loosening the bolt on the side of the trailer frame and lowering it down, to required position slightly above the ground (approx. 50mm) Ensure bolt is fully tightened once lowered.
  • Raise the trailer off the tow ball by turning the jockey wheel handle while simultaneously holding the lever open on the trailer to tow ball connector.
  • There should be a clearance of approx. 50mm between the tow ball and the trailer connector once it has been released.
  • Remove electric power lead from socket and stow safely.
  • Push the trailer to check the handbrake is holding the trailer securely.
  • Disconnect the ‘breakaway’ cable and stow safely. IMPORTANT this is done last.
  • Move vehicle to position along side trailer. (rear of vehicle level with rear of trailer)

Safety Checks on the Trailer


  • IMPORTANT: Checks to be done before trailer is connected to the vehicle.
  • IMPORTANT: Check that the handbrake is on and working corectly Attempt to push the trailer, to show it is secure! (mention this to the Examiner to confirm this)
  • Check the condition of the ‘breakaway’ cable and electric power cable for damage/fraying etc.
  • Check for any obvious damage, missing bolts etc, at the front end of the trailer.
  • Wheel arch and trailer suspension are secure and intact.
  • Wheel bolts are tight and tyres have the correct legal tread depth and safe to use.
  • At the rear of the trailer; check condition of the two reflectors and light lenses, door is secure and the number plate matches the towing vehicle.
  • Repeat offside wheel, wheel arch, suspension, tyre, and side light/marker checks.
  • Visually check trailer body for any other damage.

Re-coupling the Trailer

  • Reverse vehicle straight until trailer connector is close enough to the tow ball and check the height of the trailer connector in relation to the tow ball… You are ‘allowed’ to exit the vehicle approx 3 times to complete this section of the test and to recheck your positioning. Attempt to be near enough to push/pull the trailer ‘easily’ into position

Remember… this is a trailer you have not seen before!

  • IMPORTANT: Connect the ‘breakaway’ cable FIRST and the electric power lead.
  • Release handbrake if necessary, and move trailer to the required position, re-apply the handbrake if necessary.
  • Lower the trailer onto the tow ball by turning the jockey wheel handle while simultaneously holding the lever open on the trailer to tow ball connector. Again you may release the handbrake if necessary to help the connection of the trailer.
  • IMPORTANT: Once connected, turn the jockey wheel handle to raise the back of the vehicle approx. 75-100mm (3 – 4 inches) (Referred to as the ‘Tug Test’) to show your examiner that the trailer is connected (mention to him you have done this, to confirm)
  • Stow away the jockey wheel by loosening the bolt on the side of the trailer frame, pulling up the jockey wheel unit high into the trailer frame then re-tightening the bolt.
  • Check handbrake is off !!
  • IMPORTANT: Ask your examiner the following question;

“Can you check the rear tail, rear fog lights, indicators, hazard lights and brake lights with me please?”

good luck on your trailer training course and trailer licence test!!