Hazard Perception Test
This part of the test follows on from the theory test. The computer will play 14 one minute long computer generated clips (as above), the clips are very realistic, although the cyclists and pedestrians give it away that you’re in a ‘virtual’ world.
Of the fourteen video clips one clip will have two hazards making a total of fifteen hazards
You are required to click the mouse button at a point when you see a “developing hazard”
What does that mean ? The DVSA have set a point within the clip where they would expect you to have to brake or change direction to avoid the hazard.
If you click the mouse button at the right moment you will get 5 points. If you click to soon you will get no points, If you click a little late you will get 4, 3, 2, or 1 points depending on how slow you are. Click too late and you will have missed it and will score 0 points.
Click too often and you will be accused of cheating, the same thing will happen if you click rhythmically in either case you score 0 points for that clip.
OK so this is not difficult, just easy to get wrong. The pitfall that catches most people out is clicking too soon, you will see a situation on the video clip, anticipate what happens next, “click”, 0 points. You must click when you would have to brake or change direction, clicking at the point you would get off the gas is almost always to soon.
Another pitfall it is easy to fall into is rhythmic clicking, why ?
You have a long straight, parked on the off side just before a right hand bend is a car, the road is not wide, anything that comes around the corner is going to be a “hazard”.
Obvious, so “click”. The video clip runs on and we have gone past the point when I would have been off the gas, so “click”, a driver gets out of parked car, “click”, driver opens passenger door and lets out children into the road, “click”, car comes around the corner towards me, “click”.
The result is 0 points for “rhythmic” clicking.
Just to clear up a common misconception, you only need to pass this if you want to take a Practical Motorcycle Test, you do not need this for a CBT.