Updated: Feb 27, 2021
Hazard Perception Test:
Everything You Need to Know What is the Hazard Perception Test?
The driving theory examination is broken down into two parts - the multiple-choice questions and the hazard perception test.
The hazard perception test is made up of 14 video clips, all varying slightly in length but lasting around 1-minute each. 13 of these video clips will contain one developing hazard which you will need to identify, while one of the videos will contain 2 developing hazards.
Your job is to identify the hazard by clicking the mouse as soon as you see it developing. How to score highly in the Hazard Perception Test? To pass your test, you must score at least 44 points out of a possible 75, and you must also pass the other multiple-choice question part of the examination, which you will take prior to the starting the hazard perception. You only get one chance at each question, meaning the video clip will play once and you won’t have the opportunity to re-watch after it’s finished.
To get high marks, you need to click the mouse or touch the screen (depending on your test centre) as soon as the hazard emerges.
A maximum of five points is available for each developing hazard, and the longer it takes for you to get the answer right, the fewer points you will receive.
No points are lost if you identify the hazard at the wrong time, but you will score nothing if you keep clicking continuously. How can I practise for my Hazard Perception Test before my theory examination? In preparation for booking your DVLA theory test it’s important that you revise and practise with mock theory tests. Our Pass4Theory App contains 134 different video clips to assist you with your learning for the Hazard Perception Test, including 34 CGI DVSA training clips.
You can choose whether you want to practise with video clips that contain one hazard, two hazards, or a combination of both. After each video clip you have watched, the app provides you with a breakdown of your score, and lets you know if you would have passed or failed. You can also re-watch the videos to give yourself another try if you think you could have done better. Don’t be worried if you don’t score well at first, the Pass4Theory app is designed to help you develop quickly and gives you unlimited access to mock theory tests to practice. Another way to practise is by sitting in the passenger seat of a car and identify all the hazards in real life as you drive along. You will be surprised at how many hazards drivers encounter in just one single journey.
What are some examples of developing hazards in the video clips?
A hazard can be anything that causes a driver to change the speed, the direction or to 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, in the driving theory exam, you will be required to identify developing hazards that are moving. We have listed some of the main developing hazards below to help you prepare:
1. Cyclists Cyclists on the road are often a hazard as they need extra room and can emerge in your blind spots when driving. If the car will need to slow down due to a cyclist being infant, this would be a developing hazard.
2. Sudden braking Regardless of what the vehicle in front may be braking for, if you see their brake lights come on and your vehicle subsequently needs to reduce its speed to avoid a collision, this is a developing hazard.
3. Parked Vehicles Static parked vehicles are obviously not a developing hazard; however, if you saw a pedestrian emerge from between two vehicles, or you saw a car door suddenly swing open, you would need to identify this.
4. Poor visibility Driving conditions such as wet or icy surfaces may make an appearance in your test too, these can be harder to identify, but if they cause your vehicle to reduce its speed, it needs to be identified as a hazard.
5. Pedestrians Probably the most common hazard to drivers, pedestrians often step out onto the road without warning. Pedestrians often cross at traffic lights, zebra crossings or pelican crossings; however, many pedestrians step out into the road where there are no crossings too. In your test, keep an eye on the pedestrians who are on the pavement to judge whether they are going to step out or not, as if they do this will become a developing hazard.
6. Playing children Children are often not aware of the dangers of the road and won’t always look before crossing the road and can be easily distracted. In the video clip, if you see children who look they may step onto the road, you would need to identify this as a hazard right away. If you see a sign for a school or an ice cream van, this is often a good indication that there may be children about.
7. Emergency vehicles Police cars, ambulances and fire engines can all make an appearance in your hazard perception test. If you see one of these vehicles approaching with sirens or flashing lights, it’s likely that your car would need to pull aside or slow down to make room - therefore meaning you would need to identify this as a hazard.
8. County roads County roads are often single lanes, meaning that you must always be prepared to stop for incoming traffic. There is also a much greater chance of slow-moving vehicles such as tractors, and there is also the danger of animals being on the road. You must also be prepared to identify blind bends, and objects in the road such as mud or hay.
Hopefully this guide to the Hazard Perception Test has made you feel more confident about passing your theory test! You can download the Pass4Theory app by clicking on the link in the footer below. We would love to know if our theory test app helped you pass your theory exam!