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How perceptive are you?

The hazard perception element of the Theory Test was introduced by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in November 2002. This test is taken at the same time as the theory test and will take about 15 minutes (for cat B tests) to complete.  The test will not require computer literacy. Taking the test should not worry people unfamiliar with computers.  There is a 'touch screen' system that has been carefully designed to make sure it is easy to use.

If you need help with your Hazard Perception test, call us on 0151 487 8826.  We have instructors who can provide 1-2-1 personal tuition for you at a reasonable rate.

What is it?

The object is to identify 15 scoring hazards as quickly as possible from 14 video clips(one clip will have 2 scoring hazards on it).  The 14 clips will be taken from a bank of 200. With a possible 5 points for each scoring hazard (we say ‘scoring hazard’ as there may well be more than 1 hazard but you will not know which hazard is being marked!).  You need to get 44 or more from a possible 75 points to pass this part of the test.

Bus, Coach and Lorry drivers are allowed to take the hazard perception element of their qualifying test separately from the multiple choice element; and in either order.  The number of hazard perception clips for them is19 (taking approximately 20 minutes to complete) and the pass mark is 67 out of 100. 

Why?You ask yourself

Each year 3,600 people are killed on Britain's roads. Improved hazard perception skills are expected to play an important part in achieving the Government's challenging casualty reduction targets.
Young drivers (17-21) make up only 7% of all licence holders yet they are involved in up to one in seven accidents involving injury. The accident liability of new drivers drops sharply over the first 12 months or so after passing the test and continues to fall as more experience is gained.

Yes it’s true - Young drivers have quicker reactions than older drivers. However, the more experienced driver scans the road better and recognises the clues that show a hazardous situation is developing much earlier and therefore starts to take action before the danger occurs. This is one of the reasons why accident involvement generally reduces as experience is gained.

In studies it has been seen that new drivers take much longer (up to two seconds longer) to recognise hazardous situations than more experienced drivers.

Look at the official video guide here:

Official DVSA Hazard Perception guide

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