Since its introduction in 2002, it has been praised by many people for its effectiveness and focus on keeping Britain’s new drivers vigilant and safety aware.
The test forms the second part of the theory test and contains a series of one-minute video clips showing potential road hazards. The learner must identify the developing hazards and the faster they are identified, the higher the learner scores. The clips cannot be repeated. This closely mirrors scenarios on the road – requiring quick identification of developing hazards and that a motorist does not have a second chance with hazards on the road.
Research by the DVSA has shown that hazard perception training and testing could account for an 11% reduction in accidents, potentially saving hundreds of lives every year. The test is therefore effective at increasing the safety on Britain’s roads and must be praised.