The hazard perception test consists of 14 movie clips which are approximately 1 minute long. One of the clips has 2 developing hazards that you are required to spot. So for this section you are required to spot 15 developing hazards in 14 movie clips. The test requires you to spot the hazards in the clips by clicking on the mouse button as soon as you see a hazard developing. The earlier you spot the hazard developing the higher your score will be. If you click the mouse as soon as you see the hazard developing you will get the maximum of 5 points for that hazard. A hazard is anything that could cause you as the driver, to change your speed or direction. The pass mark for this section is 44 out of 75.
An example of a developing hazard could be that: Imagine you see a cyclist riding ahead of you and going in the same direction, your immediate response would be to click your button because quite rightly it’s a hazard, however you then suddenly see the cyclist look round over their right shoulder, then this is the time that the hazard has developed further so you should immediately respond by clicking your button again.
If you were driving a real car you would be quite concerned about the cyclist looking round as its usually followed by the cyclist moving to the right and into your direction, therefore as a real driver you would be checking your mirrors and considering changing your speed or direction.