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The changes to the hazard perception test you need to know

The changes to the hazard perception test you need to know
Tina Playle
  • On November 21, 2018
  • http://www.insurelearnerdriver.co.uk

In order to accommodate for real life situations, new changes are being made to the driving test.

These changes already came into effect on the 19th of November and only affect the hazard perception part of the theory test.

What is the hazard perception test?

The hazard perception test is part of the theory test you need to pass in order to be able to take your practical test.

It involves sitting a two-part test; one part is a multiple choice section, and the other is the hazard perception test.

The hazard perception test involves watching a series of video clips and spotting hazards as soon as they start to happen. This could be a pedestrian stepping into the road, or someone slowing down unexpectedly.

What changes are being made to the hazard perception test?

In the recent changes to the hazard perception test, 23 new scenarios have been added. This includes a host of different driving conditions such as low light, extreme weather, and night-time conditions.

These changes have been made in a bid to further prepare learner drivers for what’s to come when they get on the roads.

Mark Winn, chief driving examiner of the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), says “Every year too many people are injured on our roads by hazards frequently encountered by drivers and we are determined to do more.”

For more information on the theory test, visit the official government website.


The theory test is an integral part of learning to drive and can prepare you for driving before getting behind the wheel!

For more advice on the theory test and hazard perception, see our other blogs:

How to Ace the Theory Test – The Hazard Perception

How to Ace the Theory Test – The Multiple Choice Questions

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