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How does the hazard perception test work

The hazard perception test is the second part of the driving theory test, and it was introduced towards the end of 2002.

There are two parts to the theory test, and the second part of the test is the hazard perception. In order to pass the theory test in its entirety, the candidate must pass the hazard perception as well as the question based part of the theory test.

Hazard perception is a key part of safety on the roads and being aware of different types of hazards could prevent you from being in a road traffic accident and having to make road accident claims.

In order to have the best chance of passing the hazard part of the test, there is some responsibility on your instructor. They should help you think about hazards and identify hazards as they occur whilst you are driving in your practical lessons, and help you to start thinking in those terms, and scanning the road to become aware of potential or actual hazards in real time whilst you are driving.

In addition, it can help to go through sample hazard perception clips, and to use these as training to help you get used to the sort of material you will see in the test itself (note that the hazard perception material you will see in the actual test is different to those we have on site).

By looking at sample clips, identifying the hazards in the process, you can both get used to the sort of material you might expect to see in the test itself, whilst at the same time getting used to the format; this should increase your chances of performing well in this section of the test.

In the actual test you will undertake, there will be 14 clips, each has one hazard to find with the exception of a single clip that has two hazards to find. This means that there are fifteen hazards in total to find in this test. Clips last around a minute in total.

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Your vehicle catches fire while driving through a tunnel. It is still driveable. What should you do? A) leave it where it is with the engine running B) Pull up, then walk to an emergency telephone point C) Park it away from the carriageway D) drive it out of the tunnel if you can do so

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