Hazard Perception Test Tips

Hazard perception plays a significant role in driver safety, being fully aware of the potential dangers on the road is crucial when it comes to preventing minor, fatal or near fatal accidents. In 2002 the video-based Hazard Perception Test became a vital part of the official Driver Theory Test.

The videos present a series of real-life video situations, identifying the potential hazards correctly will determine whether you pass or fail the test. Therefore, it is vital that you adequately prepare for the hazard perception section of your theory test.

Here are some crucial hazard perception test tips for anyone who plans to take and pass their driving theory test.

How the Hazard Perception Test Works

The driver theory test is followed by the hazard perception test, the exam consists of 14 questions with a total of 75 marks. If you pass the multiple-choice test and fail the hazard perception, you will have to retake the test in its entirety. Therefore, it is vital that you pass the hazard perception test as well as the driver theory test. To pass you need to get a minimum of 44 marks.

Here are some of the things you need to think about when studying for your hazard perception test:

Studying for the Test

Spend an adequate amount of time studying for the test prior to taking it. You can find plenty of literature and practice test resources available online, also some local libraries offer test practice free of charge. Check with your driving school to find out about free practice test sessions. The key to passing your hazard perception test is to practice, practice and practice some more.

One of the most important things to remember is that the hazard perception test is about identifying key hazardous situations, therefore, fast reflexes and a keen eye for detail are essential.

Practising for at least 30 or 40 minutes a day will help you develop these crucial skills. Passing or failing is based on the time it takes for you to react to the potential hazard, so it is extremely important for you to develop strong concentration skills in order to pass the hazard perception test.

Taking the Test Top Tips

  • Know what to expect by practising as much as possible, you can purchase official learning material from the DVSA.
  • Do not click the hazard too much, click the mouse or touch the screen straight away when you see the hazard.
  • Do not wait too long to click the hazard. The whole point of the hazard perception test is to test how quickly you can identify and avoid potential hazards. Do not wait until the potential hazard turns into a full-blown hazard. Click as soon as you see a hazard developing.
  • Understand and know the 8 examples of developing hazards(find out more information about this from your driving school or online)

Format of the hazard perception test

  • You will be shown 14 clips, the clips last for 60 seconds each
  • 13 out of the 14 clips contain one developing hazard, the other clip will have two developing hazards
  • As soon as you identify a developing hazard you need to click the mouse or touch the screen. Hazards include, pedestrians about to cross the road, cars parked wrongly, children playing close to the road etc
  • You get one chance to answer each question, to receive the maximum number of marks, you need to click the hazard as soon as you see it.
  • You will receive 5 five points for identifying each developing hazard
  • You are working against the clock, identify the hazard quickly enough and you will receive top marks. You receive less marks if you take too long to click the hazardYou will not lose points for getting a question wrong but clicking the hazard too many times will mean that you lose points for that particular question.

more driving hazard perception tips

More Hazard Perception Test Tips

8 Developing Hazards To Look Out For

1. Emergency Vehicles
If an emergency vehicle such as a police car or ambulance is approaching, you might have to pull over to give the emergency vehicle room to get through.

2. Sudden Braking
When driving on a road with reduced traffic, brake lights of a vehicle in front of you might come on suddenly. This would require you to slow down to prevent an accident.

3. Parked Vehicles
Parked vehicles can often pose as potential hazards. You might turn a corner and see several parked cars on one side of the road. A potential hazard in this video clip could be a pedestrian suddenly emerging from between two parked cars to cross the road. As soon as you see parked vehicles on one side of the road in a video clip, click the mouse or touch the screen to identify the potential hazard.

4. Children Playing
Children playing could suddenly run out into the road when you least expect it. Therefore, it is vital that you are aware of the potential hazard here and click as soon as you see children playing.

5. Cyclists
Cyclists present potential hazards because they often emerge from unexpected places. Therefore, as soon as you see a cyclist on the road, click the mouse or touch the screen.

6. Roadworks
Roadworks often cause road closures or uneven road surfaces. Therefore, it is necessary to be mindful

7. Poor Visibility and Bad Weather Conditions
Wet, icy and foggy weather conditions could present potential hazards because fog and cloudy skies make it difficult to see clearly when driving. Wet and icy roads make driving challenging therefore, it is important to remain vigilant when driving in these conditions.

8. Traffic Restrictions
Speed limits and other traffic restrictions should be observed therefore, when you see stop signs or speed limit signs, pay attention and click the mouse or touch the screen.

Use these hazard perception test tips in conjunction with the information provided by your driving school and the DVSA to give yourself the best chance of passing your hazard perception test first time.

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5 steps to pass your driving test quicker

Learning to drive is a part of growing up: giving you freedom and the means to go anywhere you please. However, learning to drive can also be one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do, from panicking because you have stalled at a junction, the cost of driving lessons  the time it takes and then the final, nerve-wrecking test at the end, where one wrong move can fail you.

Some people are naturals from the moment they do up the seat belt and put their hands on the wheel for the first time, learning to drive in a matter of weeks, where other can struggle with the finer points of clutch control and take what seems like forever to learn.

To take away some of the pressure of learning to drive, here are some top tips to help you get into the driving seat.

1.    Apply for your provisional as soon as possible

You don’t have to wait until you turn 17 to apply for your provisional driving licence, in fact, you can apply three months before your 17th birthday (16 if you have a disability or want to drive a moped). Once you have your provisional, you can start your driving lessons on the day of your birthday instead of waiting around for the DVLA to sort out your paperwork, which can take a number of weeks. You can pick up forms to apply for your provisional driving licence from large post offices, or through the DVLA website.

Visit our useful links page to learn how to apply for your provisional licence, as well as links to book your and practice your theory test online.

2.    Choose a good driving instructor or driving school

Choosing the right driving school and instructor can mean the difference of a number of weeks or even months when it comes to passing your driving test.

It is essential that the school uses fully qualified, highly experienced driving instructors. This is an area where Quails excel, as they have their own driving instructor training college, ensuring that they employ only the best instructors.

Quails are also more than happy for you to meet up with your instructor before you commence your lessons to make sure you feel comfortable and at ease from word go.

3.   Get your theory test out of the way

As soon as you get your provisional licence, you can take your theory test. Put your name down on the waiting list as it can take weeks in some areas to get a test date. You should start studying for the theory test as soon as you can.

4.   Take more driving lessons

You can speak to your driving school about having more lessons or longer lessons in a week. This more intense way of studying will help you to pass your test faster.

5.   Practise, practise, practise

Try and get out in a car as often as possible. The more practise you have, the faster you will learn. Try to practise things that you struggle with in your professional lessons with your parents, such as three-point-turns or clutch control.

Following these simple tips will help you to ditch the L plates and set off on your own road adventure! Contact Quails School of Motoring today to start the wheels in motion.

Driving Lessons – Top 10 tips

Are you looking to learn to drive quickly and easily? Well we have compiled the following ‘Top 10 tips’ to help you get the most from your driving lessons.

1. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail

Before you have your first driving lesson, download a copy of the highway code. Make yourself as familiar as possible with it and formulate a good understanding of its rules before you get on the road.

You can view a copy here

2. Automatic or manual?

This is an important decision as it will impact on your driving future. If you learn to drive using an automatic gearbox, which is considered to make learning to drive easier, you won’t be able to drive a manual gearbox car once you have passed. On the other hand, learning to drive and passing your test in a manual gearbox car entitles you to drive an automatic in the future. Quails School of motoring provide both automatic and manual driving lessons.

3. Choosing the right instructor

This may depend on your location, how quickly you would like to pass your test and also whether you would like lessons using an automatic or a manual gearbox.

Although anybody over the age of 21, who has had a full driving licence for three years can provide you with lessons, you should always learn with a fully qualified driving instructor to maximise your chances of passing your test first time.

If you are looking for driving schools in Wirral, you can do no better than Quails School of Motoring. We also cover the Liverpool, Chester, North Wales and Ellesmere Port area. We have an exceptionally high 1st time pass rate, provide driving instructor training (so can be trusted) and also provide both automatic and manual driving lessons.

4. Learn at your own pace

When you first start the process of learning to drive, try to book regular lessons to maximise your development. The regularity of your driving lessons may depend on your availability, life-style and finances. Some driving students may wish to book single lessons as and when they know they will be available, some may wish to block book a course of 10 lessons over a set period, whereas some book ‘crash courses’ (intensive courses) with the aim of passing as quickly as possible.

Just remember there are plenty of choices to suit you. The key is to relax and enjoy learning to drive, so learn at your pace!

5. Wear the right footwear

Comfortable footwear is essential to controlling the pedals. Developing the perfect driving technique isn’t easy and it certainly wont be made any easier by wearing high heels or heavy boots. Control of the pedals is key, so wear a comfy pair of trainers or pumps with a flat sole.

6. Additional practice between your driving lessons

Our driving instructors will be able to advise you when you are ready to start practicing in between your lessons. This can be invaluable in putting all that you’ve learnt on your lessons into practice. It also gives you more time on the road, more time to practice those vital maneuvers and can help build your confidence behind the wheel.

7. Consider a ‘crash course’ of intensive driving lessons.

If you are looking to pass your test in a hurry, you can book a crash course of driving lessons. In some cases you can learn to drive in under a week using crash courses. They require time, hard work and dedication but can have you on the road in no time!

Sometimes crash courses can be ideal to top up on previous driving lesson experience and can add the finishing touches to your driving skills just before your test.

8. Develop good road skills

The more driving experience you get the better. Learning to drive with an experienced fully qualified instructor will not only save you time and money, but will also quickly develop your confidence and give you the practical driving skills you need to pass your test and stay safe on todays busy roads.

9. Study for your theory test

While learning to drive, be proactive about studying for your theory test. You will need to pass your theory test prior to taking your driving test, so invest time in revising for the theory well in advance of your instructor booking it. This will also help you on the road as it provides lots of tips about the highway code and the best practice of driving.

10. Manoeuvres – Practice, practice, practice!

Manoeuvres can make or break your driving test. You can be the competent driver on the road, but make a major mistake on a manoeuvre and it can cause you to fail your test. The manoeuvres you may be tested on are as follows:

  • Turn in the road (3 point turn)
  • Reverse around a corner
  • Reverse park
  • Parallel park

Follow these tips and you may well find yourself on the road before you know it!

If you would like to put the wheels in motion, contact us here…