Intensive Driving

Intensive Driving

Updated 15/03/04

Hazard Perception

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Hazard Perception Test Update (HPT)


Every year around 3,400 people are killed on Britain's roads. New drivers take much longer to recognise potentially dangerous hazards than more experienced drivers. It's a fact that many driving test candidates have poor anticipation skills.

Back in March 2000 the Government suggested a plan of strategies to improve road safety. One of the items in that plan was the introduction of an additional Theory Test specifically designed to improve new drivers awareness of hazards. The idea was to introduce HPT within 2 - 3 years.

How will it work?

  • HPT will be taken after the existing 35 multiple choice question test.

  • You'll be allowed a 3 minute break between each test.

  • You can view a tutorial prior to starting HPT . You can view this twice.

  • You can sit this test with the same range of languages available for the Theory Test and it will be available also in basic sign language.

  • You'll get your result for both tests at the end of your two tests.

The Test itself?

  • You'll be shown 14 video clips, each clip lasting about one minute.

  • The video clips are filmed on real roads. The clips are not computer animations!

  • Each clip will contain one or more hazards. There will be about 15 potential hazards spread over the various clips.

  • You'll be asked to click the mouse as soon as you recognise a potential hazard developing.

  • The quicker you spot the hazard the higher your score!

Is it similar to an arcade game?

  • NO. The main difference here will be that the video clip will not pause or slow down when you identify a potential hazard.
  • Unlike Lara Croft. You will be unable to pause the clip to give yourself time to think!

How will the computer mark me if I do NOT take it seriously?

  • It would be natural for you to identify common static and environmental hazards during normal driving. These hazards will not be scored if you click them and the software will not penalise you if you do.
  • However, if you "frantically" click on everything you see the software will detect this and display a message at the end of that particular clip informing you that you have not scored any marks for that clip.
  • If you are warned that you have scored zero on one particular clip you will not necessarily fail the test if you perform well in the other clips.
  • BE WARNED HOWEVER, if you continue to use a "frantic" clicking approach in the remaining clips the software will detect this and mark you accordingly. You will not receive an adequate pass mark for the entire test.

How will the computer mark me if I DO take it seriously?

  • Each time you respond with a mouse click you'll get an acknowledgment from the computer.
  • A red flag will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  • Each response you make will be assessed against a response time.
  • Each clip will have a built in response time. If the clip expects you to respond within 5 seconds then it will mark you according to YOUR response time.
  • Your score (from 1 - 5) will be based upon YOUR response time.
  • The quicker YOUR response to the software's built in response time, the higher your score.

What if I pass one test and fail the other?

  • If you pass one test and fail the other then you'll need to sit BOTH tests again.

How will it affect me?

  • The "NEW THEORY TEST" started 14th November 2002.
  • The fee for the combined test is £20.50

What do I need to do?

What if I have special needs? (For car and motorcycle candidates)

  • You'll be able to use a headset to listen to the test read in one of twenty different languages * .
  • Candidates with dyslexia or other reading difficulties will be able to listen through a headset to the test read in English.
  • An on screen video of the test will also be available in British Sign Language.

* Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Gujarati, Hindi, Kashmiri, Mir Uri, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Pashto, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu and Welsh.

Are you really prepared?

The video and booklet "Roadsense" is available now.

You can do nothing at all or you can safely order your copy of "Roadsense" published by the DSA directly from this link below NOW!

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