Important news from the world of driving! The hazard perception test has had a makeover. Everyone’s favourite part of the theory test now includes CGI clips of adverse weather and low light situations. Don’t get too excited—the DVSA isn’t using the latest technology to provide learners with a thrilling cinematic experience. The changes are actually intended to improve road safety and give a more well-rounded idea of the conditions to expect when driving in the UK.
The hazard perception test now includes clips that show what it’s like to drive in following weather conditions:
- Snow and ice
Anyone living in the UK knows that, sadly, all of the above are quite a common occurrence!
Check out an example of the new clips, below:
Learners will also now see clips depicting driving at night and other low light scenarios (like dawn and dusk).
The updates come in response to the Department for Transport releasing its 2017 Reported Road Casualties Report, that revealed rain, sleet, snow or fog were a factor in 205 fatal accidents last year. It is hoped that the new clips will continue the trend of hazard perception testing resulting in fewer collisions on the road.
Road Safety Minister Jess Norman explains:
“These new hazard perception clips offer more realistic driving conditions to test a learner driver’s ability, preparing them for overcoming the real-life challenges they will face on the road – something that should benefit all road users.”
How will it affect learners?
These latest changes shouldn’t make any major difference to learners. The structure of the test remains the same and it will be marked in the same way. Hone your perception and reaction skills, revise the different types of hazard and you should be good to go!
With winter weather fast-approaching, these updates have no doubt come just at the right time! We think it’s a really positive step and should make learners feel more confident when they eventually hit the road as qualified drivers. The DVSA also plans to add the new clips to other theory tests (including those for motorcycle and lorry) in the upcoming months.
For a heads up on the types of hazards you should look out for in bad weather conditions, check out our guide to driving in winter.