Hazard perception test - cars on road with zebra crossing
The hazard perception test is a key component of the UK driving theory test, and it's designed to assess your ability to identify and respond to potential hazards while driving. Scoring highly on this test is essential if you want to pass your driving theory test and get your driving licence. 
In this blog post, we'll look at some tips and strategies to help you score highly on the hazard perception test. 

Practice, practice, practice 

Like with any test, the key to success is practice. The more you practice, the more confident you'll feel and the better you'll perform on the test. There are many hazard perception practice tests available online and in our online courses that you can use to hone your skills. The Driving Theory Workshop uses official DVSA hazard perception practice tests so you can familiarise yourself with the test format. 

Understand the scoring system 

It's crucial to understand how the hazard perception test is scored. The test uses a 5-point scoring system, where you can score up to 5 points for each hazard you correctly identify. The earlier you spot the hazard, the more points you'll score, up to a maximum of 5 points. However, if you click too early or too late, you won't score any points for that hazard.xt to edit it. 

Look for potential hazards 

To score highly on the hazard perception test, you need to be able to identify potential hazards quickly. When watching the video clips, keep an eye out for anything that could potentially cause an accident, such as other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, or road conditions. Look for any changes in the road layout, such as a bend, a junction, or a narrowing road, as these can be potential hazards. 

Scan the entire screen 

When watching the video clips, don't just focus on the centre of the screen. Instead, scan the entire screen to spot potential hazards. Look at the background, the sides of the road, and any road signs or markings. This will help you identify hazards that may not be immediately obvious. 

Don't click too early or too late 

As mentioned earlier, it's essential to click at the right time to score points. If you click too early or too late, you won't score any points for that hazard. Aim to click as soon as you identify the hazard, but not so early that you're not sure if it's a hazard. Likewise, don't wait too long to click, as this may cause you to miss the hazard altogether. 

Stay calm and focused 

Finally, it's essential to stay calm and focused during the hazard perception test. Try not to get distracted by other drivers or outside noises. Take deep breaths to help you stay calm and focused. Remember, you have plenty of time to complete the test, so take your time and don't rush. 


Scoring highly on the hazard perception test requires practice, understanding of the scoring system, and the ability to spot potential hazards quickly. By following these tips and strategies, you'll be well on your way to passing your driving theory test and obtaining your driving licence. 
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