What are driving theory tests?
Questions across a range of driving and road safety issues.
Why was the test developed?
To increase knowledge of driver attitude, traffic signs and regulations, vehicle safety, hazard awareness, first aid and environmental issues.
When can I get a full driving licence?
Learner's need to pass a driving theory test, hazard awareness test as a well as a practical driving test before obtaining a full UK Driving Licence
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Hazard Perception Test
The hazard perception element was introduced into the driving test in November 2002 as one of the measures that should help achieve a target of reducing deaths and serious injury on our roads by 40% by 2010
New drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents, especially in the first months after passing a driving test. It has been proven that drivers who have taken hazard perception training have much better hazard perception skills.
During the development of the test, the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) worked closely with colleagues from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and the road safety division of the Department for Transport, both of whom thought this test suitable for testing the hazard awareness skills of all drivers.
How does the hazard perception test work?
The hazard perception part is delivered on a computer and you respond by clicking a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a 14 video clips which feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.
What is the pass mark for the Hazard Perception Test?
Car and Motorcycle
Current pass mark - 44 out of 75
LGV and PCV
Current pass mark- 67 out of 100
ADI and LGV Register
Current pass mark - 57 out of 75
The hazard perception pass marks may be subject to further change.
To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
To help you identify and respond to a developing hazard, consider a parked vehicle on the side of the road. When you first see it, it is not doing anything; it is just a parked vehicle. If you were to respond to the vehicle at this point, you would not score any marks, but you would not lose any marks.
However, when you get closer to the vehicle, you notice that the car’s right hand indicator starts to flash. The indicator would lead you to believe that the driver of the vehicle has an intention of moving away, therefore the hazard is now developing and a response at this point would score marks. The indicator coming on is a sign that the parked vehicle has changed its status from a potential hazard into a developing hazard.
When you get closer to the vehicle, you will probably see it start to move away from the side of the road; another response should be made at this point. Different clips in the test will have various signs to indicate that the hazard is changing its status and is now starting to develop.
Regarding the scoring system, you can score a maximum of 5 point for each developing hazard. If you respond throughout the developing hazard and score different points you will always score the highest number of points. An example would be, if you react and score five then three then two, you will still be awarded the maximum five points. Please remember that when driving you will only have one chance to respond to a hazard so you will not be allowed to review your answers because on the road, you will only have one chance to respond.
Also be aware that if you click the mouse continuously during the test you will score zero for that clip.
Remember it is CONCENTRATION that will get the results you want and keep you safe on our ever increasingly busy roads.
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