The hazard perception test
Budding drivers need to tackle the hazard perception test as part of their theory. But what is it and how can you ace it?
First published: 4th May 2016
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What is the hazard perception test?
The hazard perception test was introduced as part of the driving theory test in 2002. Learner drivers watch video clips on a computer monitor that were recorded through the windscreen of a moving car and identify dangers by clicking on a mouse button.
What types of hazards will I see during the test?
Some are potential hazards that you need to keep an eye on. They may or may not develop into a dangerous situation but might cause you to slow down or change direction if you were driving the car in real life. The earlier you identify the hazard, the better, and you are awarded points for quick reactions.
How is the test scored?
The DVSA test measures the response time from when the hazard starts to develop. You will be shown 14 clips, all of which contain at least one hazard on which you will be assessed. One of the clips will contain two scorable hazards. In total there will be 15 hazards. Early responses score a maximum of five points, which descend to zero for those who click too late or not at all. You need to score at least 44 out of 75 to pass the test.
Click whenever you see a potential hazard. As soon as you’ve clicked the mouse, you will see a red flag appear at the bottom of the screen, which registers your click. The clip will continue after you have clicked the mouse.
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