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Show me – Tell me questions

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Car 2019 Show me & Tell me Questions

As a trusted driving school we get lots of questions asked about learning to drive etc. So we have decided to create blogs for all the FAQ’s about learning to drive. This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Questions on learning to drive.

On your UK Driving Test, you will be asked two Questions (safety questions). One will be at the beginning of your test (‘Tell ME’) and one when you are driving on your test (‘Show Me”).

It’s advisable to make sure you fully understand the answers and questions as these are not only necessary for your driving test, but they are often needed to ensure your car is safe before you drive it!!

When are you Asked the safety questions on your test?

You will be asked to answer one ‘Tell Me” question on your car driving test at the beginning of your test.

You will be asked to answer one ‘Show Me” question on your car driving test while you are driving on the test route.

When you start your test, the examiner greets you and you sign the declaration form. You will then walk outside, read a number plate and then usually on the way to the car you will be asked the “tell me” question (sometimes you are asked this question once you are both in the car).

The “Show Me” question will be asked by the driving examiner at some point during your test. Dont worry they won’t try to trick you. They will ask you by stating “When its safe please show me how you…”. So dont worry if you are about to go around a corner or you suddenly can’t remember how to do it. Just wait till you are on a quite straight road and then operate the control you need to. If you struggle then glance at it and then do it.

Do I fail if I get a question wrong?

NO, As long as the show me questions was done safely even if it was answered wrongly!

BUT! You can fail if you commit a Serious or Dangerous fault while demonstrating the controls.

If you answer One or both questions incorrectly, it will be recorded as a driving fault (use to be called a minor fault). You are not required to have an in-depth knowledge of the questions / answered. You just need to know how to check and/or operate the controls safely.

A serious or dangerous fault Could be one of the following:

Whilst demonstrating the ‘show me’ question on the move, you look down at the controls and the car drifts towards the other lane – You have committed a Major fault, which would be a fail on the test.

If during the ‘tell me’ question, you start the car to demonstrate (You dont have to start the car for any ‘tell me’ questions – just explain) the answer and inadvertently starts the car up in gear, the Examiner may have to take action to stop the car hitting another car, then you would have committed a serious/dangerous fault.

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Can I learn to drive before I pass my theory test

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Can I learn to drive before I pass my theory test?

As a trusted driving school we get lots of questions asked about learning to drive etc. So we have decided to create blogs for all the FAQ’s about learning to drive. This blog post is part of our Frequently Asked Questions on learning to drive.

Yes is the short answer!

You can have driving lessons before you pass your theory test. We advise you to book your theory test and start revising for it as soon as possible.

Advantages of passing your theory test fast!

Even though you don’t need to pass your theory test before you start your driving lessons if you are looking to minimise the number of lessons you need and save money then booking and passing your theory test early on in your driving lessons will help you do this.

The main reasons for this are that you will have the knowledge of the rules, road markings and have a greater depth of understanding without the driving instructor having to go through everything and spend time explaining and giving you the knowledge. This will allow you to have more time practising instead of discussing the topics at the road-side.

Ways to practice your theory test.

We use Theory Test Pro and give our students access to it as part of our lessons. This allows the user to practice topic questions and decide what areas they need to practice and revise more. To have a quick test click on the banner below and sign up for a free quick test:
Theory Test Pro in partnership with 123-drive.com

You will also need to know the Highway Code.

A lot of the theory test and driving is based on the highway code which is available for free on the government site:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code

If you have any thoughts or comments on this post, we would love to hear your opinions or views. Just leave us a comment below.

Chris RichardsCan I learn to drive before I pass my theory test
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