Hazard perception test

Hazard perception test is a component of the UK theory test. The first part of the theory test is the multiple choice questions and the second part – the hazard perception test.

You may have up to three minutes break between both parts of the theory test. After the break, a short tutorial video clip about how the hazard perception part works will be shown. The hazard perception part records your responses through the use of a computer mouse button. For the hazard perception test there are no separate versions for different vehicles. During this section you will see 14 video clips which feature everyday road scenes. In each clip there is at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips features two developing hazards.

A hazard is anything that could cause you - the driver - to change speed or direction. This section of UK theory test requires you to spot the hazards in the video clips by clicking on the mouse button as soon as you see the hazard develop. The earlier you spot the hazard the higher your test score is. If you click the mouse as soon as you notice the hazard developing you will get the maximum of five points for that hazard. In this theory test section you are unable to review your answers to the hazard perception test; this is because you always have only one chance to respond to a developing hazard on the road. You will have passed the hazard perception test section if you get at least 44 points out of 75.

When you have finished the hazard perception test you may leave the examination room. But remember, once you have left the room, you will not be allowed to enter it again. You can get the result of your theory test on the same day, just after leaving the examination room.

Hazard perception test practice

Look for the following hazards:

• Pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road

• Vehicles emerging from side roads and parking places

• Large vehicles moving over to your side of the road

• Unleashed pets and farmyard animals

• Meeting oncoming vehicles on narrow roads or where other obstructions or slow moving vehicles restrict your path

• Changes in the traffic volume and movement

• Roundabouts and junctions

• Horse riders

• Weather conditions

• Road surfaces

• Parked vehicles

• Hidden junctions and turns

Read more about the first part of UK theory test - multiple choice questions - how it takes place, how to apply and how to prepare.

21 Oct 2012