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The DSA 'Show Me Tell Me' Questions




The following is a list from which the DSA examiner could randomly ask two or three questions at the start of your practical test....



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DSA   SHOW ME TELL ME   QUESTIONS

Revised July 2008

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.
Identify dipstick / oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the maximum/minimum markers.

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

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 max/min markings.

Open the bonnet, identify where the windscreen washer reservoir is and tell me how you would check the windscreen washer level.
Identify reservoir, check level against max/min markings.

Show me how you would check that the direction indicators are working.
Applying the indicators or hazard warning switch and check functioning of all indicators. (may need to switch ignition on, no need to start engine).

Show me how you would check that the brake lights are working on this car. (I can assist you, if you need to switch the ignition on, please don't start the engine).
Operate brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows, garage doors, etc, or ask someone to help. (may need to switch ignition on, no need to start engine).

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.

Tell me where you would find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and tell me how tyre pressures should be checked.
Tyre pressures will be found in the manufacturer's handbook, which should always be kept in the glove compartment inside the car.
Using a commercial or personal air pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don't forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

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.
There should be no cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central of the breadth of the tyre and around the entire outer circumference.

Show me how you would check the parking brake (handbrake) for excessive wear, make sure you keep safe control of the vehicle.
Apply footbrake firmly to keep car and passengers safe. Demonstrate by applying parking brake (handbrake) so that when it is fully applied it secures itself, and is not at the end of the working travel.

Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.
The head restraint should be adjusted so 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. N. B. Some restraints might not be adjustable.

Show me how you would check that the horn is working (off road only).
Press the horn (turn on ignition if necessary). Do not use the horn between 23:30 and 07:00.

Show me how you would clean the windscreen using the windscreen washer and wipers.
Operate control to wash and wipe windscreen (turn ignition on if necessary).

Tell me how you would check that the headlights & tail lights are working. (No need to exit vehicle).
Operate switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle. (As this is a "Tell Me" question, there is no need to physically check the lights).

Show me how you would set the demister controls to clear all the windows effectively, this should include both front and rear screens.
Set all relevant controls including fan, temperature, air direction / source and heated screen to clear windscreen and windows. Engine does not have to be started for this demonstration.

Show me how you would switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you would use it/ them. (No need to exit vehicle).
Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is showing on the dashboard. Use the foglight(s) when visibility is less than a 100 metres, in fog, heavy rain, thick snow.

Tell me how you would know if there was a problem with your anti lock braking system (ABS).
Warning light should illuminate on the dashboard if there is a fault with the anti lock braking system.

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.
Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light on dashboard.

Tell me how you would check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.
Should be tested as you set off. Brakes should not feel soft or spongy, and the vehicle should not pull to one side.





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