The Hazard Perception Test
The hazard perception test has changed. It now includes clips to test a learner driver’s ability to spot developing hazards in different weather conditions. The DVSA has added 23 new clips into the hazard perception test. The 23 clips have been added to simulate adverse weather conditions including snow, wind, fog and rain. Furthermore, there will be clips showing the type of low-level lighting which is experienced at dawn and dusk.
What is the Hazard Perception Test?
The hazard perception test form part of the theory test. It is taken at the same time. However, the candidate is given a few minutes break after the multiple choice and before starting the hazard perception test. The hazard perception test assesses the ability to spot ‘developing hazards’. These are things which would cause a driver to take action. This could be changing speed or direction. In the hazard perception test, you will be shown 14 clips with developing hazards. You get points for spotting the developing hazards. The earlier the hazard is spotted, the more points are awarded.
Why have the clips been added to the Hazard Perception Test
Road safety minister Jesse Norman who said the scenarios would help learners to ‘overcome real-life challenges they will face on the road’. The CGI scenarios will test how quickly learners can spot hazards around them, such as a deer running out in front of them when it’s snowing. A spokesperson for the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) said the changes would help to improve road safety. As driving lessons are not frequently taken in show, rain and fog, learner drivers need to know how to react. In the UK alone, there are over 200 fatal accidents each year in rain, sleet, snow and fog.
After passing the Theory Test
The advice from the team at DTC UK is to start off by taking weekly driving lessons. Try and change the time and date of your lessons. This will give you experience in different conditions. Avoid cancelling driving lessons in the rain, windy weather and snow. It better to deal with these conditions with a professional at your side. Why not improve your driving and increase your chances of passing the driving test by visiting our Youtube Channel.