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This involves taking a two part test. The hazard perception test involves watching a number of video clips and identifying hazards that require you to take action, such as changing speed or direction. The earlier the developing hazard is spotted the higher your score. The pass mark is 44/75. The second part is a 50 question paper on the Highway Code and other motoring matters, with multiple choice answers. The pass mark is 43/50. To help prepare for this test we offer the the theory test online or you can buy the necessary books, videos and CD ROMS.

 

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Hazard Perception Test The Facts

 

The hazard perception (or awareness) test consists of 14 video clips, each about a minute long. Each clip shows driving situations involving other road users and is shot from a car driver's point of view. As each clip plays a hazard will develop. In 13 of the clips you will have one hazard to identify, in the other clip, you will have two hazards to identify. You will not be told which hazard perception test clip has two hazards to identify.

 

You identify the correct hazard or hazards by clicking on either the left or right mouse button. The earlier you identify the correct hazard or hazards the more points you score. The scoring goes from five to zero points.

 

Don't think you can continuously and frantically smoother the screen with clicks as the hazard perception clip plays. If you do this you will score zero. However, you will not lose points for clicking on other potential hazards that may also be seen.

 

So, you watch a clip and in that clip you will see several potential hazards unfolding. Most will stay exactly that, potential hazards but one (or two) will become an actual hazard that will cause the vehicle (the camera shot, the driver's point of view) to change speed, direction or stop. This is the hazard you must identify and click on in order to score points. Clicking on the potential hazards will neither score you points nor lose you points, but clicking too many times will result in you scoring zero.

To pass the hazard perception test you must score at least 44 points out of a possible 75.

 

A hazard can be anything that causes a driver to change the speed, direction or stop the vehicle they are driving. Although in real life a hazard may be static such as a set of traffic lights, a junction or a bend, these are not the sorts of hazards that you will need to identify during the hazard perception test. During the hazard perception test you will need to identify hazards that develop and thus have motion such as a bus pulling away from a bus stop or a lollypop lady stepping into the road.

Potential Hazards - What To Look Out For.

General

  • Road signs, they often relate to a hazard ahead
  • Pedestrians - walkers, children playing, people with walking sticks
  • Cyclists and motorbikes - especially young cyclists
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Poor visibility - especially bright sun low in sky, dusk, rain and spray
  • Poor road conditions - rain, fog, ice and snow
  • Blind bends
  • Lane changing - especially vehicles swerving to avoid hazards
  • Brake lights on vehicles
  • Indicator lights flashing

Residential Streets

  • Urban driving
  • Cars pulling out
  • Children playing near the road
  • Pedestrians stepping out from behind cars
  • Vehicles pulling out of side roads. Especially those vehicles with restricted views
  • Pedestrians crossing roads
  • Cars stopping to park
  • Oncoming traffic
  • Traffic restrictions
  • Being forced out to the middle of the road by parking cars

Roads Near Schools

  • Children playing near the road, especially ball games
  • Children crossing without looking
  • Crossing patrols and other forms of crossings
  • Children cycling on pavements
  • Ice cream vans

Country Roads

  • Single lane roads
  • Farm traffic and field gateways
  • Animals, especially horses and riders, cows and sheep
  • Blind bends
  • Objects in the road especially manure, mud, hay and water
  • People walking against the flow of traffic

Motorways

  • Cars breaking down
  • Cars leaving the motorway
  • Cars changing lanes to overtake slower moving traffic
  • Cars joining the motorway
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Stationary traffic
  • Road works
  • Traffic traveling much more quickly or much more slowly than your vehicle

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