HPT

Once you have completed the multiple choice questions you will then move on to the Hazard Perception stage, this involves 14 moving video clips with each one lasting approximately 1 minute. The clips will show the road ahead of you as if you were sitting in the driving seat looking through the front windscreen. In the clips there will be various different hazards, some clips will have a few hazards and others will have lots. What you should do is relate it to driving, look as far down the road as you can and imagine you were driving down the road, identify the hazards, then respond to them by clicking the mouse, you do not need to move the mouse and click on the actual hazard. Not every hazard in the clips will score you points, in every clip there is 1 score able hazard and in one clip there is 2 score able hazards. Each hazard is worth up to 5 points with the total number of marks available is 75 of which you have to score a minimum of 44. A score able hazard is one that goes on to develop and would cause you to respond. We can provide full training and support for this stage either in car or in a classroom session with free handouts to take away.

Hazard Explanation

What is a hazard?

A hazard is anything that causes you to change speed or direction

These hazards are then split into 4 categories;

Static
Potential
Developing
Developed

Type

Static (1)

Potential (2)

Developing (3)

Developed (4)

 

Explanation

Hazard is not changing in any way

Something that could happen

Something that is actually happening

Hazard has peaked or happened

 

Examples

Single empty parked car with no oncoming traffic

Parked car with person inside and engine running

Parked car now indicates  right and starts to slowly move forward

Parked car has now moved off in front of you

 

Response as a driver

Check mirrors and steer round car leaving adequate clearance, whilst keeping an eye on it in case the situation changes

Check mirrors, ease off gas and cover brake in case car moves away, whilst steering a path round car

Check mirrors and gently start to brake

Check mirrors and select appropriate gear for current speed and continue when safe

 

Should you click

NO

The hazard is not causing you any danger or inconvenience

YES

The hazard is causing you to potentially slow down as well as change direction

YES

The hazard has caused you to take evasive action

NO

It is now to late as the response should have already taken place

Example:

1. A car approaching crossing with no pedestrians about, a click at this stage would score no points.

2. A car approaching a crossing with a pedestrian walking in the direction of the crossing, a click at this stage may score points if the hazard goes on to develop.

3. A car approaching a crossing with a pedestrian waiting to cross, a click at this stage would score points because as a driver you would be responding by braking.

4. A car very close to the crossing with a pedestrian already crossing, a click at this stage would score no points as it's too late to respond.

To summarise you should click for all potential and developing hazards, with a pause in between clicks so as to not over click. If you click too much you may get a cross appear and then score no points for that clip. The earlier in the scoring window you click the higher your score.