Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Are you ready for driving theory test?

Why hazard perception test was introduced?
New drivers are disproportionately involved in accidents, especially in the first months after passing a driving test. It has been proven that drivers who have taken hazard perception training have much better hazard perception skills.
About hazard perception test -
The UK hazard perception test is an online computer-based test, which measures a driver’s ability to anticipate and appropriately respond to potentially dangerous situations while driving.

In hazard perception test, you will see video clips of genuine, traffic scenes filmed from the driver’s perspective. When you watch the clips, you need to imagine that you are the driver.
In each clip there will be at least one developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature two developing hazards.

You will need to watch the clip carefully and try to predict the traffic hazard as early as you can. As soon as you predict that a traffic hazard is likely to happen, you need to respond straight away. A traffic hazard is something that would require the driver to take some action, for example: slow down, overtake or change course. The hazard perception test is designed to get the candidate to identify ‘Developing Hazards’ rather the potential hazards.

E.g. School sign is not a developing hazard, but if you see school children about to cross the road, then it becomes a developing hazard and needs to be identified.

While appearing for the hazard perception test, watch out for following hazards, as these are the likely situations where developing hazard may turn in to actual hazard.

1. pedestrians or cyclists crossing the road
2. vehicles emerging from side roads, parking places or driveways
3. large vehicles moving over to your side of the road
4. meeting oncoming vehicles on narrow roads or where other obstructions or slow moving
5. vehicles make the road narrow
6. loose pets and farmyard animals
7. Changes in the traffic movement and volume
8. junctions and roundabouts
9. horse riders
10. weather conditions of the day

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