As well as the multiple choice section of the driving theory test, you must do a hazard perception task. In order to gain your certificate both sections must receive the relevant pass marks. Read more about the theory test in the previous blog post to get you started. At Philip Chappell Driving Tuition all learners receive a free theory programme with a hazard perception DVD; find out the basics now.
Understanding the format
Before you take your hazard perception test you will be shown a demonstration so you know what to expect. Make the most of this to set you more at ease of how the test works. You will be played a series of fourteen video clips lasting around one minute, all featuring daily road scenarios and potential hazards. Anything that requires you to change speed or direction is classed as a developing hazard.
Clearly click on hazards
The earlier you spot and click on a developing hazard, the higher your end score is likely to be. In order to get the maximum of five points you will need to click as soon as you notice that a potential hazard becomes a developing hazard. Waiting to click until there is an actual hazard will result in zero points. Avoid clicking too vigorously though as this can be seen as unacceptable and marked against you due to the software’s anti-cheat detection.
Keep an eye on potential hazards
When you see a potential hazard you are required to click on it. Don’t lose focus of the hazard but keep your eye on it and if it develops, click again. You must remain aware of what is going on in the whole screen at all times though, just as you would when driving.
Spot the hazards
Things you need to look out for that might indicate hazards ahead include:
- Pedestrians and cyclists
- Roundabouts, junctions and bends
- Emerging vehicles from side roads, including driveways
- Parked vehicles along the main road
- Areas with roadworks, traffic signals, or warning signs
Be aware of the location
Certain locations may have more potential hazards so be aware of not only what is going on in the clip but where it is. Signs that notify the driver of a school or area heavily populated by the elderly for example will give you a clue of the kind of pedestrian and crossing hazards you may need to watch out for. Similarly be wary of how narrow or wide the road is as this may dictate potential hazards.
If you want to learn to drive and live in Essex, Honiton, Cullompton or the surrounding areas then get in touch with Philip Chappell Driving Tuition. Visit the other blog articles for more tips and advice about driving and taking your tests.