Understanding The Hazard Perception Test

DTC UK Hazard Perception Test

Hazard Perception Test

This section of the test is presented to you like a video on a computer and you interact with this by clicking a button on a mouse. The videos involve every day road scenes. In each video clip, there will be at least one developing hazard, and several smaller hazards. However, one of the clips will feature two developing hazards. This section is important as recognition of developing risks to the road around you is a valuable skill that all drivers should have. It allows you to react earlier to oncoming hazards and therefore protect yourself and other road users from other traffic

Before you start this section, you’ll be shown a practice video which explains how it works. You will then have to watch 14 video clips. The clips will present every day road scenes and contain at least one developing hazard, one clip will contain two of these hazards

You receive points for spotting the developing hazard as soon as they appear. A developing hazard is defined as something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.  You only get one attempt per video and you cannot change or review your responses.

Hazard Perception Test – How to respond:

A good example of a common scenario featured in the hazard perception is a parked car on the side of the road. As soon as the car is visible if you were to click you would not receive any points. This is because the car is stationary and so is not currently a hazard to you. You wouldn’t lose any points for clicking at this point.

However, as you get closer to the car if the driver inside begins to indicate. This changes to a developing hazard. As the driver has shown an intention to pull away, possibly in front of your car. Therefore, any response at this point would score points. The key factor here was the indicator, as this has changed the parked car from a potential hazard to a developing hazard.

As you get even closer you may see the vehicle begin to move off. This is another developing hazard separate to the first and so another response should be made at this point in order to score your points.

The Next Stage: Practical Driving Test

Once you have passed your theory test, you may book your practical test. If you need your licence urgency DTC UK can arrange a driving test cancellation at a centre of your choice. However, you will still need to do your driving lessons. Good Luck!!

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