Hazard Perception Part

This element of the test is not as easy as it seems. You will be shown 14 video clips, each lasting a minute, and there is no sound. You need to use the mouse to click on hazards, although there is no mouse pointer on the screen - it just recognises the timing of your clicks. A hazard is something that makes you change speed or direction, and there are two types of hazard when you are driving. There are static hazards and developing hazards. Static hazards are fixed, and not changing, for example parked cars, bends, side roads, and you do not need to click on these. You need to click on developing hazards, and these are moving changing hazards like a parked car moving off or opening his door, a car coming round a bend in the middle of the road, a bike swerving out, a pedestrian running into the road etc.

On the test, try to imagine you are driving along, the monitor is your windscreen, and the mouse button is your brake - if you see a developing hazard, click the mouse at the point it develops to affect your speed or position. If you have clicked at the correct time, you score 5, if you click at bit later you score 4, then 3,2,1, and if too late then 0. Unfortunately if you click too early, you also score 0 - it is easy to anticipate what is about to happen and click too early and then score 0. To get the best score, you need to click at least twice, and up to a maximum of 4 times on each hazard - this increases your chance of hitting the scoring window.

If you click too many times, at the end of the clip an error message will appear saying 'you have responded in an unsatisfactory manner and scored zero for this clip'. You can however click 2 or three times on each hazard, and a maximum of about 12 per clip. You are more likely to fail if you click too little, so don't be afraid to click!