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Tips To Look Out For With The Hazard Perception Test

The hazard perception part of your driving test forms a key part of the driving theory test. Unfortunately, if you fail to deliver a satisfactory score, you could receive a fail, despite how well you may have performed on the rest of the test. Therefore it’s extremely important to know what to expect before you sit your hazard perception test.

With our tips and tricks, you can be on the road to success.

What does the Hazard perception test consist of?

The Hazard perception test is an open-ended test that requires concentration and an understanding of how other drivers on the road are likely to interact with you. The test requires you to be alert and focused, just like you need to be on the road.

The test shows video clips to represent what a driver’s eye view of the road ahead would look like and the clips feature all types of real life complications and hazards that you will encounter on the road. It’s your job to identify them and click on them using a mouse before they develop. Some people panic at this stage of the test, but you don’t need to. To pass this part of the test, you need to achieve a score of 44 out of 75.

Tips to help you succeeed

1. Don’t over click your mouse. Many people will just click frantically in the hope that they can gain a few points, however, the computer will fail you for this. Avoid too much clicking and clicking in a particular pattern as this will result in a score of zero on that clip.

2. Don’t panic. You won’t be given the opportunity to go back and repeat any of the clips or questions. It’s therefore important to remain calm during the test, just as you should on the road. Remember that in real life, you don’t get second chances on the road either.

3. Practice. There are lots of opportunities to practice this part of the test online and you should take full advantage of this. This way you’ll be up to speed on what to expect.

4. Make sure you are aware of what a ‘developing hazard’ is and how to prevent one and ensure that you click on a potential hazard that could turn into a ‘developing hazard’ as soon as you notice.

5. Be aware that each video clip shown to you has two hazards to discover.

Follow these tips and you will pass your hazard perception test the first time!

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