Hazard Perception Testing
Taking a theory test is a requirement for all motorcycle licence types. Each theory test includes a hazard perception test. This test is to see how well you can perceive the development of potential hazards when riding on the road. Being able to perceive hazards is an essential element of motorcycle safety as it enables you to take the necessary actions to avoid danger, such as slowing down or changing position. This clip gives an example of a hazard perception test.
How the hazard perception test works
Hazard perception tests are taken on a computer. You’ll be shown a series of 14 clips, each has a developing hazard and at least one clip will have two developing hazards. You’ll be asked to click a mouse each time you see a potential risk ahead and a red flag will appear at the bottom of the screen to show your click has been recorded. You won’t be penalised for identifying additional hazards, but you will receive a zero score for a clip if you click everything or click in a pattern that indicates you are not identifying hazards correctly.
How is the hazard perception test scored?
The earlier you identify developing hazards, the higher your score will be for the clip. You’ll only get one shot at each clip, so pay attention. If you fail the hazard perception test, you will need to resit the whole theory test.
Is the hazard perception test hard?
Hazard perception tests aren’t hard, but they do require an understanding of what potential and developing hazards are. They also require you to concentrate on the road in a similar way to how you would if you were actually riding a motorcycle. Try to stay calm through the clips and watch the road for how other vehicles are behaving. Where other vehicles are positioned on the road, whether you would need to slow down or move your position to reduce your risk as a rider, and whether or not vehicles are indicating to turn or coming to an intersection are some of the things you should be looking out for.