New Show me Tell Me Questions 2017

Show me tell me questions 2017

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1. About the questions

The driving test is changing on 4 December 2017. The questions you can be asked, and how you’ll be asked them will change. We are inofrming all our learner drivers about the new questions and starting to incorparate them on their driving lessons. 

The driving examiner will ask you one:

  • ‘tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving
  • ‘show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving

2. ‘Show me’ questions

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

3. ‘Tell me’ questions

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. 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. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. 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.

9. Tell me how you’d check 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, 2 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.

10. 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.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

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

12. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

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

13. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Open the bonnet and tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

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Find a driving instructor in Blackpool

Find a driving instructor in Blackpool

The DVSA have recently given driving instructors the option to opt-in to display their standards check grade on the ‘find your nearest driving instructor’ service on GOV.UK.

We want consumers to be able to make a more informed choice when they choose a driving instructor.

The "Find your nearest driving instructor" service was officially launched in July 2011. Since then, over 27,000 ADIs have signed up to appear on the service – around 67% of all ADIs on the register.

The use of this service among consumers has been steadily increasing too. It was viewed around 760 times a day in March 2017.

Why its important to the customer who wants to purchase driving lessons?

The service displays the driving instructors name, email, and phone number to learner drivers looking for driving lessons in Blackpool or whatever area you are from. The listing will  also display if the driving instructor has;

Driving instructors can choose whether or not they want their standards check grade to be displayed.  

Driving instructor grades

There are currently 3 grades;

1. A - The highest grade possible.
2. B - The second highest grade
3. FAIL - The instructor has failed the standards check and would be asked to re-sit the check test  exam again.

Recently 2 of our Blackpool driving school instructors received a Grade A... Well done Paul and Andrea! We are awaiting the results from our others instructors who are shortly due a check test but no doubt with the help and training they get from our driving school training they will get top marks.

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what are variable speed cameras

What are variable speed cameras or limits 

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Variable speed cameras appear and are used on many motorways in the UK with plans to get them on the M55 which leads into Blackpool.  Unlike other fixed cameras and average speed cameras, variable speed cameras don't tend to enforce the road speed limit 24/7, but are used when the motorway's national speed limit of 70mph, is temporarily lowered eg.  50mph. These temporary speed limits are set and changed automatically at the press of a button by operators at a control room.

Within the past 10 weeks more than 500 motorists in Britain have received an unwelcome letter notifying them that they have been caught by a speed camera!

What was strange about the letters was that the recipients had not been caught speeding  through a quiet village or suburb. Instead, they had been snapped breaking the limit of 70mph on a motorway, an offence that — until now — most speed cameras ignored.

Speed cameras are sited on overhead gantries above each lane of moving traffic, meaning gantries can have up to four or five individual speed cameras targeting each lane of the motorway.

Cameras used at these locations are often the popular Gatso ones, when a vehicle travels in excess of the posted 'variable' or 'temporarily' speed limit the camera is triggered and photographic evidence of the speeding offence is recorded.

So never think you're safe to speed on motorways.. or anywhere! Remember speed can kill and most people end up speeding to queue anyway. So stick to the speed limit especially if you've just passed your driving test as if you get 6 points on your licence within the first two years of driving then you'll have to take your theory test and practical driving test again! 



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When our learner drivers are asked what the biggest causes are of road deaths, they tend to answer with  drink driving, driving whilst on a mobile phone or speeding.

One thing they almost certainly won’t come back with is sleep deprivation, and yet it is one of the biggest killers!


We would  all like to think that we’ve paid full attention on our driving lessons  and it’s only the intentionally negligent that are at the root of our roads death tolls. Recent  studies  show that around 15% of road accidents are caused by drivers being tired.

 Because when a driver is fatigued, they often don’t react until the accident has actually happened, meaning these accidents are more likely than others to result in serious injury or death.


More than 35% of accidents attributed to some form of sleep deprivation involve commercial vehicles. Given the great demand on deliveries in this "I WANT IT NOW"  world, this is probably to be expected.

However, another sleep-deprived dynamic posing the greatest risk are believed to be men under 30.

Given that learner drivers now have an average starting age of 26 years old, it is vitally important that learners heed driving advice on how to avoid accidents caused by tiredness.

How to overcome feeling tired when driving?

There are very clear guidelines that will help learner drivers avoid getting into bother through sleep deprivation.

  • Get loads of rest before you plan on taking on a long journey.
  • Take regular  breaks on longer journeys.  The recommendation is that a break of 20 minutes is required at least every two hours.
  • Drink some coffee! Coffee isn’t predictable in the same way that caffeine fuelled energy drinks are, so the latter are the best option. But this is only a temporary measure and so should only be used to get you to the next decent opportunity to stop.
  • Stop and have a sleep.  A short sleep will do more to aid your tiredness than a wander round the service station, usually spending a small fortune!

The laws may not find it easy to prove tiredness as a cause of an accident, but if there are witnesses, then an otherwise law-abiding citizen can face the same full penalty under the law that another driver would if found guilty of causing death by dangerous or careless driving.

It might sound a tad overwhelming, but at our Blackpool Driving School we can provide you with all the advice and help you need to avoid falling into the tiredness trap.

The New Speeding Fines 2017

The New Speeding Fines 2017

From today, there will be a much harsher punishment if you get caught speeding. 

You could be fined 150% of your weekly earnings!

As from 24th April 2017 the new speeding laws will change giving drivers a more stern penalty.

As driving instructors we always teach our learner drivers the consequences of speeding and not only will a speeding fine burn a hole in your pocket but how speeding can injure or even kill. Also if on your practical driving test the driving examiner see's you speeding the test will ultimately result in a fail and you'll have to sit the driving test again!

We hope these new speeding penalties will help improve our roads, but if you do get caught speeding then here are the fines you could be faced with;

Speed Limit (mph)

Recorded speed (mph)


Band C

Band B

Band A


41 and above

31 - 41

21 - 30


51 and above

41 - 50

31 - 40


66 and above

56 - 65

41 - 55


76 and above

66 - 75

51 - 65


91 and above

81 - 90

61- 80


101 and above

91 - 100

71 - 90


Disqualify 7 to 56 days or 6 points

Disqualify 7 to 28 days or  4 to 6 points

3 points


How much money could a speeding ticket cost you?


Starting point


Fine Band A

50% of weekly income

25 – 75% of weekly income

Fine Band B

100% of weekly income

75 – 125% of weekly income

Fine Band C

150% of weekly income

125 – 175% of weekly income


Back In 2015, 166,695 people in England and Wales were sentenced for speeding with an approx  fine of £190.

The maximum fines will stay the same, but higher fines are likely to be applied more with the new guidelines.

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