The definition of a hazard in terms of your Driving Theory Test is anything that causes a driver to adjust their speed, change direction or stop the vehicle they are driving. In reality there are a lot of situations on the road that require these actions; traffic lights and zebra crossings for example. In the Hazard Perception Test though you only need worry about hazards that develop through motion. All this means is that you should worry about the car that pulls out in front of you and not the fact that you are slowing down at a junction.
Some people are daunted by the prospect of the Hazard Perception Test, but understanding and experiencing it in advance is the perfect way to realise how it works and be prepared. It requires nothing more than for you to sit at a computer screen and click a mouse, something that you will probably do every day, simply recognising when a situation could become a problem.
We have put together a few top tips to help you feel more comfortable with the hazard perception test, and to get you prepared:You will watch 14 clips in the test, each one minute long, and be asked to click when you see either a potential hazard or a developing hazard:
- The test itself will last for roughly 20 minutes and the clips will show real life scenarios that you will face, or might even have already faced, when on the road.
- There will be at least one developing hazard that you need to spot on every clip. One clip in the test will
have two hazards, but you will not be told which, so watch carefully.
- A potential hazard is something that might impede your vehicle, for example if you see a car pulling up to a junction ahead of you. Clicking here shows that you have recognised that the car might become a problem.
- A developing hazard would mean that the same car has pulled out of the junction, causing you to slow down. Once you have clicked a red flag will appear at the bottom of the screen so that you know it has been registered.
- It is the developing hazard that you are scored on, with a higher score the quicker you recognise the danger, from 5 at the top, to 1 at the bottom.
- You might feel the need to click several times throughout the clip, as there are many potential hazards. Be careful not to continuously click throughout though, as this is considered cheating and will see you marked 0 for the clip.
- To pass the test you will need to score a minimum of 44 points out of a possible 75, a score of just over 3 for every clip.