November 20th, 2018.

The latest communication from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) outlines how the hazard perception part of the driving/riding theory test assesses the ability to spot ‘developing hazards’.

In the theory test, learners have to spot developing hazards in 14 video clips. They get points for spotting the developing hazards as soon as they start to happen.

Newly-introduced video clips include scenarios such as travelling in; fog, rain, snow, ice and wind. Some of the new clips also show driving at night and in low-light conditions, like dawn and dusk.

The new clips will also be added to;
• Motorcycle theory tests from December 2018
• Lorry, bus and coach theory tests from early 2019
• Approved driving instructor (ADI) part 1 tests and Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) enhanced rider scheme trainer theory tests from early 2019

Why the new types of clips are being introduced?
The Department for Transport’s reported road casualties report for 2017 shows that 16,406 accidents happened in rain, sleet, snow or fog. Of those, 205 accidents were fatal.

Hazard perception testing leads to a reduction in collisions;
Research from the Department for Transport (PDF, 1.1MB) has shown that hazard perception training and testing could account for an 11% reduction in collisions, potentially saving hundreds of lives every year.

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