From snow and fog to night driving, the hazard perception test has just introduced weather conditions to its clips library – here’s everything you need to know!
In 2015, the test saw the long overdue arrival of computer-generated videos to test your ability of spotting potential dangers in the road. Fast forward to today and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has now introduced a new series of CG clips that feature different weather and driving conditions.
These include fog, rain, wind and snow/ice. Other clips include driving at night and in dusk/dawn low-light conditions. To help you get an idea of what the new clips show, here are some sample clips from the DVSA:
Driving in snow
Driving in rain
Driving at night
How the new hazard perception test clips effect learner drivers
These new clips are already up and running in the hazard perception test but don’t change the length of the test itself or what you are expected to do; learners still spot developing hazards in 14 video clips and will get awarded points for spotting them as soon as they start to happen. The pass mark also remains the same.
In the meantime, the DVSA advises to keep using theory test practise software plus we will introduce the new style clips into Theory Test Pro as soon as they become officially available; once they go live, we will let you know.
Who the new hazard perception test clips apply to
As well as pupils learning to drive a car, the new clips will also appear in:
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 DVSA enhanced rider scheme trainer theory tests from early 2019.
What driving instructors think of the new hazard perception test clips