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- something
which will cause the driver to change speed, direction or stop
In 13 of the clips you will have one hazard to identify, in the
other, two. You will not be told which hazard perception test
clip is the two hazard clip.
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 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 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
and cause the vehicle (the camera shot, the driver's point of
view) to change speed, direction or stop. This is the hazard you
must click on in order to score points. Clicking on the
potential hazards will neither score you points nor lose you
To pass the hazard perception test you must score at
least 44 points out of a possible 75.
The hazard perception test is the second part of the
driving theory test. After you finish the multiple-choice
section (the actual theory test) you will be permitted a break
of up to 3 minutes. A short tutorial video on the hazard
perception test will then play, once finished the hazard
perception test will begin.
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
sort 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.
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Road signs, they often relate to a hazard ahead.
Pedestrians i.e. Walkers, children playing, walking sticks.
Cyclists and motorbikes - more difficult to see - particularly
Poor visibility - especially bright sun low in sky, dusk,
Poor road conditions. Rain, fog ice and snow.
Lane changing - especially vehicles swerving to avoid hazards.
Brake lights on vehicles 1, 2, 3 vehicles in front.
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 without due care and attention i.e
Cars stopping to park.
Being forced out to the middle of the road by parking.
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.
Single lane roads.
Farm traffic. Gateways.
Animals, especially horses and riders, cows and sheep.
Objects in the road especially manure, mud, hay and water.
walking against the traffic.
Cars breaking down.
Cars leaving the motorway.
Cars changing lanes to overtake slower moving traffic.
Cars joining the motorway.
Stationary traffic/ road works/ contra flows.
Traffic travelling much more quickly or much more slowly than
To prepare for the hazard perception test. Test
yourself! Take a journey by car and watch the road ahead.
Numerous hazards will emerge. Some will develop others won't.
Can you tell which?