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Hazard Perception

What is it?

The Hazard Perception Test (HPT) became part of the Theory Test in 2002, it makes up the second half of your theory test and involves the pupil watching a series of video clips and “clicking” their mouse when they see a hazard.

What is a Hazard?

A Hazard is anything that would cause you as a driver to change speed or direction, as you gain experience through your driving lessons you will be aware of situations that may develop in to a hazard i.e. a car pulling up onto the side of the road, may develop into a hazard if the driver opens their door. Another example maybe a bus stopping at a bus stop you have to be observant for pedestrians trying to cross the road. Common potential hazards which may develop include:

- Hidden Road Junctions
- Vehicles changing/merging lanes
- Pedestrians exiting vehicles, crossing the road
- Cyclists
- Weather Conditions
- Meeting oncoming vehicles (country lanes, narrow roads)

When viewing a hazard perception clip take a moment to familiarise yourself with the surroundings so you have an idea of what to expect. I.e. country lanes expect to stop for on coming vehicles or horse riders.

How is it Scored?

The HPT (Hazard Perception Test) comprises of 14 video clips, each clip will contain a hazard you have to identify but one of these clips will contain two. You are given a score for each clip depending on how soon you identified the hazard ranging from 5 through to 0. The current pass mark is 44 out of 75. The software is designed so that if it believes you are cheating by clicking too many times or in a rythmic pattern the score for that clip will be void (0).

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But why have the HPT?

During the first 12 months of driving new drivers make up a very high proportion of people involved in accidents. As a way to reduce these statistics, the government introduced the HPT in a bid to improve a new drivers “awareness” of the road and or potential hazardous situations.

How can I prepare for the HPT

We have a number of clips online that you can view once you sign up to one of our packages, these will help you gain vast experience before taking the HPT. There is also various pieces of software out on the market that will help you train for your theory and hazard perception, for detailed information on these and theorytest.net reviews please visit our Training Aids page.

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