1. The eyesight check
You’ll be asked to read a number plate – the distance you’ll need to read it from will depend on the style of number plate. If it’s an old-style number plate, you’ll need to read it from 20.5 metres away. If it’s a new-style plate (two letters followed by two numbers such as PA55 IST) you’ll be expected to read it from 20 metres away.
If you fail the eyesight test, you’ll fail the driving test and the test is over – so make sure you take your glasses with you.
2.‘Show me, tell me’ safety questions
Your examiner will ask you two questions, sometimes called ‘show me, tell me’ questions.
- With a ‘show me’ question, you’ll need to demonstrate how you’d carry out a check, such as: ‘show me how you’d use the windscreen washer and wipers’.
- A‘tell me’ question will require you to explain how you’d carry out a check, such as: ‘tell me how you would check that the power steering is working before starting a journey’. The 'tell me' question is done at the start of the test before you start driving.
The questions aren’t meant to flummox you, but to show that you understand how to carry out basic safety checks. There are 14 possible 'tell me' questions and seven 'show me' questions that you might be asked, so as long as you’ve familiarised yourself with the current questions, there shouldn’t be any surprises. But be warned, they can change from time to time.