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Show and Tell — Getting To Know Your Car

For the Show and Tell part of your driving test you will need to answer some basic questions about car maintenance and safety checks.

Don’t worry though — you don’t need to be a qualified mechanic to understand these things. It is quite straightforward. Usually, the obvious answer is the correct one.

What to Expect in Your Practical Test

Your test begins with one Show Me question and one Tell Me question. These questions relate to the maintenance and operation of your car. If you fail to answer both correctly your test will be marked with a driver fault. To pass your test, you mustn’t receive more than 15 driver faults in total on your test report.

Areas Covered by Show and Tell

Here is an overview of the areas covered by the show and tell test:

  • Oil Checks
  • Inside the car
  • Outside the car
  • Tyre checks
  • Under the bonnet
  • Handbrake checks
  • Fluid checks
  • Brake checks

The DVSA have produced a series of video guides that explain in more detail what to expect. Each guide covers a different aspect of the show and tell test:

  • Outside the vehicle
  • Under the bonnet
  • Inside the vehicle

DVSA Show and Tell Video Guides

Get the Show and Tell Questions -- and Answers!

The best way to ensure success on your test day is to do your homework!

Download a free PDF of the Show and Tell questions you might be asked, complete with examples of how to answer —

Save Money by Understanding How Your Car Works

Knowing how to care for your car is a compulsory part of the practical test. It will also help you to save you a lot of money on repair bills too.

If you take your driving lessons with us, we’ll show you how to check and maintain your car’s oil level so that you can spot issues early on. This knowledge can help you avoid running a dry engine, saving you hundreds of pounds in potential damage.

Learn Vital Safety Checks

Your driving instructor will also teach you about the dangers of incorrectly inflated tyres and how they reduce fuel efficiency. Crucially, you will learn about how this can affect your car’s handling and even cause a blow-out when driving at speed. You’ll also learn other essential routine car maintenance skills.

Newly-qualified driver behind the wheel