‘Show me, tell me’: tell me questions 2019: official DVSA guide

‘Show me, tell me’: tell me questions 2019: official DVSA guide

Official DVSA guide to the driving test ‘tell me’ questions (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving.

About the questions (0:00)
Check the brakes work before starting a journey (0:24)
Find the car’s recommended tyre pressures and check each tyre (0:36)
Make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted (0:56)
Check the tyres have enough tread depth and are safe (1:15)
Check the headlights and tail lights work (1:32)
Spot a problem with your anti-lock braking system (1:47)
Check the indicators work (1:57)
Check the brake lights work (2:10)
Check the power steering works before starting a journey (2:21)
Switch on the rear fog lights (2:35)
Switch your headlights from dipped to main beam (2:57)
Check the engine has enough oil (3:14)
Check the engine has enough coolant (3:37)
Check you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid (3:59)

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