Driving hazards…What are they?

There will be some really obvious answers to that question! An accident, wild animals roaming by the roadside, even an elderly pedestrian crossing the road slowly can all be seen as potentially dangerous situations and are there fore classed as a ‘Hazard’.

In technical terms a ‘hazard’ can be a¬†condition or circumstance that puts a person or persons in danger. There will be the potential for injury to oneself as well as others along with damage to property. Driving assertively is all about avoiding the hazards where it is possible.

Knowing what the potential hazards are is important in all walks of life and in the workplace too. Health and safety is everyone’s responsibility especially as a driver.¬†

This is where the Hazard Perception part of your driving test will come into play. The DSA want to make sure that each new driver is fully competent in recognising and avoiding dangerous situations. This is why a section of the test is solely dedicated to this.

It is the second part of the theory test and will be taken on the same day. The learner will need to put themselves in the driving seat as it were. There are a total of fourteen video hazard clips to watch, during which the driver will have to click as soon as the hazard is detected. One clip will have two developing hazards, but it will not be told which this is. The quicker the driver is to click the better the overall mark will be.

For full one-to-one training, advice and practice speak to Want Driving Lessons who have a full concentrated and concise practice package. Available to all of our students and even to those who want to brush up on their skills before taking the test.

Feel like you could do with the extra help? Polish up on your driving theory and hazard perception with Want Driving Lessons.

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