The Hazard Perception test
Always use the official DVSA site to book a theory or practical test as some sites charge an admin fee on top of the normal charges. the DVSA do not charge admin fees and is looking to stop such sites from operating.
Official 2017 Guide This is on YouTube giving advice on when to click, how to get high scores, and how to pass.
The hazard perception test was included as a part of the theory test from 2002 to allow a potential driver to demonstrate safely an awareness of the hazards encountered while driving on the roads today
Lots of resources are available on Youtube (Please see disclaimer)
How does the hazard perception part work ? SeeThe official DVSA guide to hazard perception DVD
You will sit your theory question test and then after a break of up to three minutes, the hazard perception part will start. You will be shown a tutorial video first. This uses sample footage with a sound track (headphones supplied), which will explain how to complete this part of the test. You may repeat the tutorial once more if you wish.
The test consists of 14 video clips, each lasting about one minute. The clips feature various types of hazards, such as vehicles, pedestrians and road conditions. You should respond by pressing a mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing that may result in the driver having to take some action, such as changing speed or direction. The earlier the developing hazard is spotted, and a response made, the higher the score.
Candidates can score up to five marks on each hazard and the test contains 15 scoreable hazards.
The pass mark for this part of the test is 44 out of 75 for car drivers and motorcycle riders.
Those taking LGV or PCV (lorry or bus) tests must score at least 50 out of 75.
Candidates are given their results when they have finished both parts of the test and have returned to the waiting room
what is a hazard
Anything that will cause you to change course, direction or speed
How do candidates with special needs sit the test?
Candidates who have special needs, which are not met by any of the facilities listed below, may apply to have longer than the standard time of 40 minutes to take the multiple-choice part. Such requests should be made when booking the test.
Facilities for candidates with special needs include:
- - for car and motorcycle candidates, using a headset to listen to the test being read
These languages are english and Welsh.
- - large goods vehicle drivers and passenger carrying vehicle drivers can use a headset to listen to the test being read in English and Welsh.
- - for all candidates, using a headset to listen to the test being read in English. This helps those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
- - an on-screen video of the test being signed in British Sign Language for car and motorcycle candidates who are deaf or have other hearing difficulties.
Preparing for the new theory test
We strongly recommend that all candidates prepare thoroughly for the test. To help prepare we recommend The Highway Code, relevant books from our Essential Skills series and Know Your Traffic Signs. The official theory test books and CD-ROMs contain the multiple choice questions. The CD-ROMs show screens similar to those used in the multiple choice part of the test and information about hazard perception.
We have also produced a DVD or a video and booklet package called RoadSense, which is the official guide to hazard perception for all drivers and riders.
For details of how to order these products please see the publications page.
Being a safe driver with good hazard perception skills means being able to use speed correctly, keeping the correct distance between yourself and other road users, scanning the road effectively, anticipating and planning for potential hazards.
All these skills can be taught effectively. You should prepare with a professional instructor as part of a structured programme of on-road tuition, covering the recommended syllabus.
Booking your theory test
Master Card, Visa, Switch, Delta, Solo and Electron are accepted.
Application forms are available from test centres, Approved Driving Instructors or the booking number opposite. Forms need to be sent with a cheque, postal order or credit or debit card details. Forms are available to download from the Driving Standards Agency website.
DVSA Online bookingTo book online, remember to let your instructor know about your test
or call: 0300 200 1122 then follow the prompts for Theory test bookings,
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