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Pass The Hazard Perception Test - Practice Online

For our online mock hazard perception tests 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.

You identify the correct hazard, or hazards, by clicking on either the left or right mouse button. The earlier you identify the correct hazard(s) the more points you will score. The scoring goes from five to zero points.

Do not think you can continuously smoother the screen with clicks as the hazard clip plays. If you do this, you will score zero. However, you will not lose points for clicking on other potential hazards that may also be seen. The practice clips below will familiarize you with this.


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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.

Potential Hazard

Potential Hazard - The woman is running along the pavement. Does she want to catch the bus, does she intend to hurry across the road? Maybe, but if you click now you won't score any points, as she is not an actual hazard only a potential one.


Developing Hazard

Developing Hazard - She raises her hand and signals her intent to cross the road and get to the bus. As she moves towards the road she becomes an actual hazard. The scoring window opens. Click now and score points.


Actual Hazard

Actual Hazard - The woman is in the road and is an actual hazard. She has forced the driver to take action - to change speed, direction or stop. Just before this action begins, the scoring window closes. Click now and you will score nil points.

Below is the Official DVSA Hazard Perception Introduction Video

To Pass The Hazard Perception Test

To successfully pass the test, you must score at least 44 points out of a possible 75 available points.


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 When Taking The Test


  • Road traffic signs, they often relate to a hazard ahead.
  • Pedestrians - walkers, children playing, people with walking sticks. They may suddenly enter the road and become an actual hazard.
  • Cyclists and motorbikes - especially young cyclists.
  • Emergency vehicles
  • Poor visibility - especially bright sun low in sky, dusk, rain and spray.
  • Poor road conditions - rain, fog, ice and snow.
  • Blind bends.
  • Lane changing - especially vehicles swerving to avoid hazards.
  • Brake lights on vehicles.
  • Indicator lights flashing.

Residential Streets

  • Urban driving.
  • Cars pulling out.
  • Children playing near the road.
  • Pedestrians stepping out from behind cars.
  • Vehicles pulling out of side roads. Especially those
    vehicles with restricted views.
  • Pedestrians crossing roads.
  • Cars stopping to park.
  • Oncoming traffic.
  • Traffic restrictions.
  • Being forced out to the middle of the road by parking cars.

Roads Near Schools

  • Children playing near the road, especially ball games.
  • Children crossing without looking.
  • Crossing patrols and other forms of crossings.
  • Children cycling on pavements.
  • Ice cream vans.

Country Roads

  • Single lane roads.
  • Farm traffic and field gateways.
  • Animals, especially horses and riders, cows and sheep.
  • Blind bends.
  • Objects in the road especially manure, mud, hay and water.
  • People walking against the flow of traffic.


  • Cars breaking down.
  • Cars leaving the motorway.
  • Cars changing lanes to overtake slower moving traffic.
  • Cars joining the motorway.
  • Emergency vehicles.
  • Stationary traffic.
  • Road works.
  • Traffic traveling much more quickly or much more slowly than your vehicle.

Watch & Learn: Our Practical Test Video Lessons

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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.

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