Hazard Awareness Test - How to Pass the Hazard Awareness Test

Before you can gain your full driving license, you have to complete what is known as a Theory Test.
By: Darren Hirst
Dec. 1, 2009 - PRLog -- Before you can gain your full driving license, you have to complete what is known as a Theory Test. The test has different parts, and one of these is the Hazard Perception Test. The Hazard Perception part of the theory test is where you are required to view 14 hazard video clips on a computer screen, which last around one minute each. You are required to watch these videos as if you were a driver. There will be 15 hazards in the 14 video clips. This means there will be two hazards on one of the videos. Please be aware, the videos do not include sound.

The types of hazard video clips you will be watching are:

» pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road
» vehicles emerging from side roads, parking places or driveways
» large vehicles moving over to your side of the road
» meeting oncoming vehicles on narrow roads or where other obstructions or slow moving vehicles make the road narrow
» loose pets and farmyard animals
» changes in the traffic movement and volume
» junctions and roundabouts
» horse riders
» weather conditions of the day
» road surfaces
» parked vehicles
» hidden junctions & turns

So as you now know what to expect for the hazard awareness test, how do you best prepare for it?

Take a car journey and test yourself by watching the road ahead. This could be done whilst on your driving test. You will notice many hazards by concentrating like this. So being aware will help you.

Although the Driving Standards Agency does not release the actual hazard perception test clips, there are books and multimedia that have example hazard perception test clips, which will help.

Now you know what to expect. Prepare fully and try asking your driving instructor for advice also.

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