Hazard Perception Test

The hazard perception test forms the second part of your driving theory test, and seems to be the part that most people have difficulty with.

A hazard is defined as something that causes the driver to either change direction or speed or stop the vehicle.

The test is a series of  14 video clips, shot from the drivers perspective and lasting around one minute. 13 of the clips contain a single hazard, the other contains two hazards. During the clips you will be asked to click on the hazard to identify it.

During the clips potential hazards will develop, such as a pedestrian walking to the edge of the pavement in preparation for crossing. But these will remain exactly that; potential hazards - the pedestrian will stop at the edge of the pavement. You will neither gain or lose points for identifying potential hazards, but haphazardly clicking all over the screen will result in no points for the clip.

To pass the hazard perception test you must identify the hazard that will cause the driver to alter speed, direction or stop the vehicle, and the earlier that you do this in the clip the higher your score will be. The maximum score for each clip is 5 points and the minimum is 0. A pass is rated as scoring at least 44 points out of a potential maximum of 75.

At Compass Pro Drive we routinely point out potential hazards during our lessons, so that you start to think ahead whilst driving, however the only way to practice for the test is by using an interactive 'CD ROM'. These can be purchased from any good book or music store, there are also various apps that can be useful.

Practicing the hazard perception test clips will not only help to prepare you for the test but will also help to develop the real skills used when learning to drive.