Hazard Perception Clips Get Modern Makeover

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Since July 1996, drivers have had to take a theory test as well as a practical driving test before they are allowed to legally drive on the road. In the year of 2000, the traditional written theory test was updated and replaced with a computer-based test. Now, in 2015 our learners are about to experience another reform.

Computer Test

From 2000 to 2014, the computer-based theory test was made up of filmed video clips showing everyday road scenes. The test is designed to train learners to scan the road and recognise clues of potentially dangerous situations or obstacles as quickly as possible.

The hazard perception element was introduced into the theory test to ensure that drivers are equipped with the correct skills for road driving, helping to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

CGI Clips

The clips featured in the computer-based theory test right through from 2000 to 2014 are still relevant, but the image quality is poor and unclear, especially compared to the realistic, defined graphics we are used to watching on TV and in video games.

To modernise the hazard perception test, the clips will now be created using CGI. This means two things – firstly, that the images will look clearer on the screen and secondly that the vehicles and surroundings will be updated to look up-to-date and modern.

Interestingly, the new clips show the very same situations as the previous clips, which shows just how well the previous clips were designed. Therefore, the pass mark will also stay the same.

For those of you unsure of what the hazard perception test includes, here’s a breakdown of what to expect.

Sneak Preview of New Hazard Perception Tests

The theory test is developed for three types of vehicles. This broken down into sections – car and motorcycle, lorry bus and coach and approved driving instructor part 1. Those taking the car and motorcycle test type will be required to watch 14 clips. Within these clips, there are 15 developing hazards to spot. The pass mark is currently 44 out of 75.

Lorry bus and coach learners will be required to watch 17 clips, of which they developing hazards. The amount of hazards featured in these clips is 20 and the pass mark is 67 out of 100.

The approved driving instructor part 1 test type involves 14 clips and 15 developing hazards, with a pass mark of 57 out of 75.

You’ll probably be happy to hear that all learning materials and products currently on the market are still relevant. As states, you do not have to have practised with CGI clips in order to take and pass the test.

Of course, it is also worth noting that these updated clips have been trialled by The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency before they were introduced earlier this year. The trail was successful and the clips can now be used without learners experiencing any problems.

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