Pass Your HGV Hazard Perception Test With These Top Tips

Making up the second part of your two-part theory exam, drivers are shown 19 videos on a computer screen and in 18 of them, there is one developing hazard which is expected to be identified as quickly as possible. One video contains two developing hazards.

Study Developing Hazards

This tip should be obvious, but understanding what developing hazards are is key to being able to come through this part of the exam – and what they look like. Randomly clicking on the screen and hoping won’t get you far at all – so this is vitally important. According to the DVLA, a developing hazard is something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction. They then give the following example:

“A car is parked at the side of the road and isn’t doing anything. It wouldn’t cause you to take action, so it’s not a developing hazard. When you get closer, the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash and it starts to move away. You’d need to slow down so it’s now a developing hazard.” With understanding of that criteria you can start looking for developing hazards in practice tests and while out on the road. This will make it much easier to identify these during your test.

Taking Practice Tests

Practice makes perfect – or so the saying goes! Getting a lot of practice tests in has been proven to increase pass rates in borth normal and HGV driving tests. They are a great tool to ensure you’re fully prepared for the real thing.

Get Plenty of Rest

You really need to be on top of your game when you take this part of the test. This means being alert and sharp to any developing hazards that may present themselves in the videos you watch. Being well rested and awake will help you spot whats going on much quicker.

Leave Your Phone at Home

As hard as it may be, one of the best things you can do for yourself on test day is to leave your phone at home. It can provide a huge distraction before you take your test – and the last thing you need during the exam is distracting notifications. If you absolutely cannot leave your phone at home – we recommend you turn it off as soon as you arrive at the test centre.

Avoid Randomly Clicking!

If you’re unsure, or nervous, you may encounter the temptation to just click anywhere and on anything that could be a developing hazard and hoping for the best. While this approach might seem a good idea, it will do nothing but cost you points. The more incorrect clicks you clock up – the worse your score will be. The software takes these haphazard clicks as you just guessing what the hazards are – and that you don’t know what they are and ultimately you will fail the test.

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Posted on Apr 08, 2019



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