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How To Get Through The Hazard Perception Test

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How To Get Through The Hazard Perception Test

The first part of the driving theory test is a series of multiple choice questions, which are followed by the hazard perception test, designed to measure how you perceive and react to potential hazards on the road. Both parts are taken at the same time and must be passed to be able to progress to the practical driving test.

The hazard theory test was introduced in 2002 and carries an average pass rate of 85%. Nonetheless, it fills many hearts with fear. As with any part of the driving test, the key to a pass is preparation.

The hazard perception test starts with a short video explaining how the test works, although if you have prepared properly, you will already understand this before reaching the test centre. The test itself is made up of fourteen video clips in one minute segments. Each depicts a computer generated scene featuring potentially hazardous road situations, to which you will be expected to take a course of action, such as braking or changing direction. One of the clips will challenge you to identify a double hazard.

Your response will be measured by the speed at which you click on a computer mouse to show you have recognised the hazard - bear in mind that random clicking 'just in case' will not do you any favours, as you will be given an automatic zero grade. An early, correct response to a hazard earns the maximum five point score.

The test is 20 minutes long and you only get one chance to respond to each clip - as in real life. Out of a possible 75 points, you must score 44 to gain a pass. The best way to achieve this is to practise. You can find mock hazard perception tests online, which will help you understand what to expect.

Of course, the main point you need to understand is how to recognise a developing hazard and understand the correct response when you do. This is something your driving instructor should be teaching you, and real life experience on the road can count for a lot here. Taking practice tests online will help you to become confident in responding when you think you have spotted the hazard, and to avoid over-clicking. The system is designed to recognise random clicking, while being over cautious will have you painted as a nervous driver.

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