Pass The Hazard Perception Test - Practice Online
For our online mock hazard perception test clips see the links and instructions at the bottom of the page.
Statistics show that newly qualified drivers take longer to identify emerging road hazards than more experienced drivers. This is one reason why drivers who have recently passed their driving test are more likely to have a road accident than drivers who have been driving for many years, and who are, through experience, more practiced at identifying road hazards. The hazard perception test has been designed to help rectify this discrepancy. It sets out to test, and enhance through practice, the ability of learner drivers to identify potential, developing and actual road hazards.
Hazard Perception Test Explained
The test consists of 14 video clips, each about a minute long. Each clip shows driving situations involving other road users and is shot from a car driver's point of view. As each clip plays, a hazard -
something that will cause the driver to change speed, direction or stop
- will develop. In 13 of the clips you will have one hazard to identify, in the other clip, you will have two hazards to identify. You will not be told which clip has two hazards to identify.
So, you watch a clip. In that clip you will see several potential hazards unfolding. Most will stay exactly that, potential hazards, but one (or two) will become an actual hazard that will cause the vehicle (the camera shot, the driver's point of view) to change speed, direction or stop. This is the hazard you must identify in order to score points. Clicking on the potential hazards seen in the clip will neither score you points nor lose you points, but clicking too many times will result in you scoring zero.
To Pass The Hazard Perception Test
The hazard perception test is the second part of the driving theory test. After you finish taking the multiple-choice questions (the actual theory test questions) you will be permitted a break of up to 3 minutes. A short tutorial video will then play which will tell you how the hazard test works and how you should conduct the test. Once the video finishes, the hazard perception test will begin. The test will last for around 20 minutes.
Definition of A Hazard
A hazard can be anything that causes a driver to change the speed, direction or stop the vehicle they are driving. Although in real life a hazard may be static, such as a set of traffic lights, a junction or a bend, these are not the sorts of hazards that you will need to identify during the hazard perception test. During the test, you will need to identify hazards that develop and thus have motion, such as a bus pulling away from a bus stop or a lollypop lady stepping into the road.
Potential Hazards - What To Look Out For
Preparing For The Hazard Perception Test
To prepare and practice for the hazard perception test try testing yourself. Take a journey by car and watch the road ahead. Numerous hazards will emerge. Some will develop, others will not. Can you tell which? For the potential hazards that develop into actual hazards, ask yourself what action you would need to take in order to deal with them safely.
Although the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) doesn't release the actual hazard perception test clips there are books & multi-media that have example hazard perception test clips etc.
To further help you understand hazard awareness see our guide on anticipation and planning.
Our Mock Hazard Perception Tests
We have sixteen mock hazard perception tests which will enable you to practice the test and get a sound idea of what the actual test involves. As we can only show 10 at any one time, the tests rotate on a daily basis. So to try all sixteen clips, you need to visit us tomorrow, too. The video clips are taken from the official DSA practice bank so they give a good idea of what you will need to do when taking the actual hazard perception test.