The Free Hazard Perception Test is the second part of your Driving Theory Test. It tests your ability to see situations developing on the road that will make you slow down or change direction.
A hazard is anything that causes you to slow down, change direction, or stop. If you didn’t react in one of those ways, the situation could become dangerous.
Some potential hazards should be noted, but pose no immediate threat (eg a child running along the pavement, a car approaching a junction from a side road), others develop into something that demands a reaction.
It’s the ones that develop into something more serious that you are looking for in the hazard perception test.
For example, if the running child veers into the road or the car in the side road starts to pull out, you need to react. If you’ve already spotted the hazard, you’ll be ready for it.
For each of the hazards, you can score in the range from 5 to zero. To score 5, you have to spot the hazard at an early stage. The later you leave it, the lower your score. You score zero for spotting the hazard too late or missing it completely.
Since there are 15 hazards in total, the maximum total score is 75. You pass if you score 44 or more.
Although there are only 15 hazards that develop into something serious, there are many more potential hazards in each clip. It’s worth clicking the mouse whenever you spot a potential hazard because that could be the one that develops into a more dangerous situation.
Keep watching it. If the hazard develops, you must be ready to click again because that’s when you score the most points.
Click each time you notice the situation becoming more urgent. For every developing hazard, there is a critical point at which it turns from something to watch to something that may need action. That’s the point you want to catch with your mouse click.
The good news is that you won’t be penalised for clicking the same hazard more than once or for clicking potential hazards that don’t develop. Each time you click, a small red flag appears at the bottom of the screen.
But don’t click randomly or continuously in the hope of getting through. The software will know what you’re up to, and score you zero for the entire clip.
Our range of hazard perception tests are listed here: