In this post we will discuss how to pass the Hazard Perception section of the theory test.

What is the Hazard Perception test?

The hazard perception is arguably much easier than the multiple choice part of the theory test. It involves watching a series of 14 video clips, each lasting 60 seconds, that carry a total of 75 marks. The clips contain one developing hazard apart from one clip that contains two developing hazards. You must score at least 44 marks (59%) to pass the hazard perception.

The videos will show the point-of-view of a driver as he drives through various streets and roads. The moment you see a potential danger emerging, you must click the screen. Remember, you only need to click once, as soon as you see the developing hazard.

What Should You Consider a Developing Hazard?

Anything that has the potential to excavate into some kind of significant danger would be considered a developing hazard. For example. an adult walking on the pavement is not a developing hazard. However, if they start to walk onto the road, then they become a hazard and you should click the screen.

Types of hazards

There are 7 common theory test hazards that you need to watch out for, as listed below:

1. Road crossings

Road crossings often present a hazard because they are the main place that pedestrians cross the road. Anyone approaching a crossing, including a crossing patrol officer, is a developing hazard.

2. Children and teenagers

Children or teenagers that are playing near the road have the potential to be a hazard. For example, if a teenager kicks their football into the road and then runs after it, this is a hazard.

3. Elderly pedestrians

Elderly pedestrians are often not aware of their surroundings and may be confused as they may not see or hear you properly. If an elderly person starts to become a danger, such as crossing the road, then this is considered a hazard.

4. Animals

Animals such as cats may suddenly run into the road. Horse riders are also considered a hazard as they are slow and may start moving unpredictably.

5. Other vehicles
  • Other vehicles can become a hazard depending on what they’re doing. For example:
  • A vehicle that suddenly pulls out or pulls over
  • Two vehicles meeting in a road that is too narrow for both to pass
  • A vehicle emerging from a side road or junction
  • A vehicle performing a U-turn or reversing
6. Large vehicles

Large vehicles are slow moving and can start to move unpredictable, such as if they are delivering goods or reversing into a construction area.

7. Vehicles with flashing lights

Vehicles with blue flashing lights are considered emergency vehicles. They may be driving quickly and you should pull over if they are approaching you.

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