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Complete Guide to ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ Questions for Taxi Drivers

Every taxi driver in training knows that passing the driving test involves more than just driving. The ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions are a crucial part of the taxi driver’s test, designed to test your practical knowledge of vehicle safety. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to understand and effectively respond to these questions, helping you to demonstrate your competence and safety awareness as a professional driver.

What Are ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ Questions?

During the taxi driving test, you will be asked two specific types of questions by the examiner:

  1. Tell Me Questions: These are asked at the beginning of your test. You will need to explain how you would perform a certain safety task. These questions test your understanding of how to maintain your vehicle safely.
  2. Show Me Questions: These are asked while you are driving. You will need to physically show how you would carry out a safety task. These questions are designed to assess your ability to operate the vehicle’s controls while maintaining focus on the road.

The Importance of These Questions

The ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ questions are essential for ensuring that all drivers have a fundamental understanding of vehicle safety and maintenance. They demonstrate that you can handle common issues that may arise while driving, ensuring both your safety and the safety of your passengers. Incorrect answers to these questions result in minor faults, and if your actions are deemed potentially dangerous, they can cause you to fail the test outright.

Preparing for the Questions

To prepare for these questions, it’s recommended to familiarize yourself with your vehicle’s various functions and maintenance procedures. Practical, hands-on practice with your vehicle will help you feel more confident in your ability to answer these questions effectively.

Examples of ‘Show Me, Tell Me’ Questions

Below are a few examples from the’s website specific to the show me, tell me questions. Simply press the question title to reveal the answer below in these examples:

Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?

When it’s safe, press the button (or pull the stalk depending on the car) to activate the read windscreen washer and wiper

To Conclude

These questions ensure that all taxi drivers can confidently manage their vehicle in everyday situations, thereby increasing safety for themselves and their passengers. Our training programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to handle your vehicle with expertise and confidence.

The key to success in your taxi driving test and your future career lies in consistent practice and a deep understanding of your vehicle’s safety features and maintenance requirements. We encourage you to use this guide as a starting point for your preparation.

For more detailed training and personalized support, consider enrolling in one of our comprehensive taxi driver training courses. Visit our website or contact us directly to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals as a professional driver. Drive safely, and good luck!