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How To Get Top Marks In Your Hazard Perception Test

If you're struggling with your Hazard Perception test then make sure you read our guide on getting top marks!

Hazard Perception Test

You will encounter hundreds of hazards in your everyday riding such as roundabouts, junctions, traffic lights – these are known as static hazards.  However, static hazards are not what you will be scored on in your Hazard Perception exam, but rather your ability to spot a developing hazards. 

When should I click in the Hazard Perception Test?

You should click as soon as possible when you see a developing hazard. The earlier you click the more points you will score. If the hazard changes or becomes more serious you should click again. For further information on how to score the maximum points visit our Hazard Perception page.

So what actually is a hazard?

Well, it can be anything that may cause a rider to change speed, direction, stop or even cause harm. Hazards can normally be grouped into categories such as:

• Other road users (e.g. pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, horses)

• Environmental (e.g. weather, road surfaces)

• Physical (e.g. bends, roundabouts, junctions)

Hazards do not operate as isolated entities and when several combine there is a real potential of risk. It is important therefore to recognise the hazards in order to give yourself plenty of time to react. Try to anticipate and prioritise the hazards, in turn positioning for safety.

When to click in the Hazard Perception Test?

During the Hazard Perception Test, you must click the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing that would require you to take action, for example changing speed, road position or direction. The earlier you spot the developing hazard and respond, the higher you will score (up to a maximum of five points per clip).

So what is a developing hazard?

A developing hazard can be anything from a pedestrian stepping out into the road, a child running between parked cars, or a car exiting a drive way.  As part of developing your hazard perception skills it’s essential that you learn to look out for the early warning signs of a developing hazard.  But you must also be able to understand how different situations can potentially develop into a more serious hazard.  A good example of this is, you see a ball roll out across the road ahead of you, which could potentially be closely followed by a young child.  The sooner you learn to spot a developing hazard, the quicker you can react and avoid unnecessary action that could potentially cause a serious collision.

Visit our Hazard Perception Test page to learn more about how the hazard perception test and how it is marked.