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All You Need To Know About Hazard Perception
The Hazard Perception section of the Theory Test shows a point of view perspective from a car, and you are required to view this as though you are a driver, clicking whenever you see a developing hazard.
This week the Hazard Perception had a little makeover; on the 12th January the computer generated imagery (CGI) was updated to make the hazard perception clearer and for it to reflect modern driving. So what does this mean for you as a learner driver?
The clips show exactly the same situations as the previous clips, they are just clearer and show modernised vehicles and road surroundings. So if you have been revising, do not panic, your revision will still pay off.
What does the Hazard Perception involve?
14 clips, 15 developing hazards, you must get 44 out of 75.
The Hazard Perception is a section of the Theory Test which learner drivers commonly dread. You have to be fully alert and you do not really know what to expect compared to the multiple-choice part of the test.
The Hazard Perception requires you to be observant and have a sound knowledge of what is considered a hazard. This is a skill that is developed with practice; it isn’t a case of remembering the answers to a question, it involves you acting on your own intuition. However, practice doesn’t just have to be from the disc you are revising from, it is developed in your practical driving practice.
If you have chosen to get your theory out the way before you start your driving lessons, then the hazard perception may be something you struggle with. Utilise your provisional licence and get out on the road. Identifying hazards whilst you are driving around will help you naturally become aware of potential hazards.
Potential hazards include an array of situations, for example it can be someone pulling out of a junction, or a cyclist nearby. These are all situations that, when driving, need extra caution and attention.
So get out on the road and get some real ‘hazard perception’ training so the dreaded part of the theory test is not something that lets you down.