Hazard perception video clips are a fairly new part of the theory test, but they’re one of the most useful ways of making you a better driver. Spotting potential hazards before they become the real thing is one of the best skills a new driver can have – especially when you consider that learner and new drivers are 2-3 seconds slower than experienced drivers at seeing the warning signs.
To help hone your skills (and of course to help you pass the hazard perception test!) have a go at spotting the hazards in the video clips below. There’s more guidance at the bottom of the page, if you want it.
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The hazard perception test is made up of 14 individual hazard video clips showing 15 potential hazards (one clip will have 2 in it) that you have to identify at promptly as possible. The purpose of the clips is to help you spot possible dangers as quickly as you can, which in real life would give you the maximum amount of time to take evasive action.
Each hazard perception clip, like those above, is filmed as though you were the driver and is in real time. Various things happen around you as they would when driving, and it’s up to you to tell the difference between things that may be hazards and things that are, actually becoming hazards. It’s this latter type that you’re watching out for.
In the videos, you’ll be happy to know, none of the potential hazards actually become a danger (you, as the metaphorical driver, always seem to avert disaster at the last minute like a clichéd action movie hero). But there are plenty of red herrings. The key is to only click on things that you believe would force you to alter your driving. Children playing by the side of the road could be a hazard, if they ran out into the road – but unless they do that, they’re not a hazard, so don’t click. A bus waiting at a junction isn’t a hazard, but if it starts to pull out in front of you and you think you’d need to brake to avoid hitting it, then that is a hazard, and you need to click.
Mouse Clicking in our Hazard Perception
You might think that the surest way of scoring well is to simply click at anything and everything – but you’d be wrong. The sooner you identify a hazard, the more points you get – but you don’t get any for clicking before it’s actually become a hazard (e.g. when the bus is sat at the junction). What’s more, if you click too often the computer will think you’re cheating and can disqualify you. Therefore it pays, in all the hazard perception videos, to be sensible about your clicking.
The last thing to bear in mind is that you don’t need to click on the actual hazard in the video. In the test, you don’t get a mouse pointer at all, so you don’t need to move the mouse to click on the bus, or the cyclist. If you see a hazard, you just click.
It sounds fairly complex, and it is. Hazard perception clips don’t make things easy for learner drivers. But once you get the idea of what you’re looking out for, you’re well on your way to passing with flying colours.
Additional information you may be interested in reading.
Our Theory Test page provides an overview of all that's involved in the Theory aspect of your driving test.
Theory Test Questions & Answers provides information and lets you sit our Theory Test Q&A complete with the newly added Knowledge and Understanding Tips.
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