The hazard perception part is delivered on a computer and you respond by clicking
a button on the mouse. You will be presented with a series of 14 video clips which
feature every day road scenes, in each clip there will be at least one developing
hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.
To achieve a high score you will need to respond to the developing hazard during
the early part of its development. The maximum you can score on each hazard is five.
Recognition of available clues and perception of danger are skills that are necessary
in all drivers and riders, irrespective of the vehicle used. For this reason, the
same version of the hazard perception test is used for all categories of test.
As an example, of how to identify and respond to a developing hazard, consider a
parked vehicle on the side of the road. When you first see it, it is not doing anything;
it is just a parked vehicle. If you were to respond to the vehicle at this point,
you would not score any marks, but you would not lose any marks.
However, when you get closer to the vehicle, you notice that the car's right hand
indicator starts to flash. The indicator would lead you to believe that the driver
of the vehicle has an intention of moving away, therefore the hazard is now developing
and a response at this point would score marks. The indicator coming on is a sign
that the parked vehicle has changed its status from a potential hazard into a developing
hazard. When you get closer to the vehicle, you will probably see the vehicle start
to move away from the side of the road; another response should be made at this
point. Different clips in the test will have various signs to indicate that the
hazard is changing its status and is now starting to develop.
Although each clip contains several potential hazard only the one that materializes into a real hazard
(one clip will have 2 hazards) and involves other road users is marked. This is known as a ¡°developing hazard¡±.
Therefore you will only receive a score if you spot a hazard before it fully materializes and is brought about by
the action of another road user. In a few instances it is difficult to determine when a potential hazard becomes
a developing hazard and therefore when the scoring window should start.
This is why it is safer to click a few times as you see a hazard develop to make sure you don¡¯t
click too early and miss the opening of this window.
Recognition of available clues and perception of danger are skills that are necessary in all drivers and riders,
irrespective of the vehicle used. For this reason, the same version of the hazard perception test is
used for all categories of test.
Look for these hazards
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