Learn the ins and outs of the hazard perception part of the theory test.
With the hazard perception part of the theory test, you will be shown 14 video clips.
This includes 13 video clips containing a single developing hazard and 1 clip with
a double developing hazard. The double hazard clip can occur at any time during
the 14 clips which will keep you on your toes even if you think you’ve clicked for
the first hazard. Each video clip contains a short everyday occurrence you might
encounter on the road, there is a 5 stage window which determines your final mark.
If you click as soon as you see the hazard develop, you should score a 4/5 however
if you click after the hazard has developed then you will probably get a 1/2 or
maybe even 0! Remember, the hazard must develop for it to cause you problems, for
example, a parked car is a hazard but it only becomes a developing hazard if it
moves off so you should click as soon as you have to react to the hazard. If you
continuously click, you will score a 0 as this is deemed as cheating, hence the
importance of not clicking at every hazard but at developing hazards only! Take
a look at this video from the official theory test website for some more clarity
of what we have just explained.
The hazard perception test was introduced in 2002 in order to try to improve the
situation awareness of potential new drivers. At Fineline Driving Academy, our driving
tuition focuses on being fully aware of other traffics possible actions, we have
learned that our learners react faster to potentially hazardous situations if they
are prepared beforehand. The hazard perception test works in a similar fashion,
by marking you on your ability to spot developing hazardous situations quickly.
Remember, you’ll need to take both parts of your driving licence with you in order
to sit the theory test (photo card license and counterpart license). If you’ve lost
any of the two prior to your test, you must reschedule the test immediately as they’ll
require both parts of your license for you to sit the test.