HGV Hazard Perception Test: What you need to know


Hazard Perception



Hazard Perception

Driving is a necessary skill to have, but to maintain responsibility and safety on the roads, drivers have to undergo a series of tests to sharpen their skills and perception. One of the tests you’ll need to pass is the hazard perception exam.  


This is to bring awareness to any hazards that cause a driver to change speed, direction, or entirely stop their vehicle. The test works by providing a series of videos filmed from the vantage point of the driver to click as soon as you see a potential hazard emerging. It can be tricky to spot on the first go, but this article provides easy-to-follow tips to help you prepare for your exam and ace it with flying colors!

However, first, what are the different kinds of hazards? 


Potential Hazards

The name itself gives a clue to its meaning, which refers to situations that haven’t impacted the driver yet but have the potential to lead to a hazard. Clicking this will not result in any points. 


Developing Hazards

 In this situation, the hazard shown will make a negative impact on the driver, which causes the driver to take immediate action such as turning, stopping, or changing speed. This is your window of opportunity to score and the perfect time to click. 


Actual Hazard

This is when the developing hazard has made an impact. You will not get any points for clicking this as it should have been identified before this stage. Now that you know the necessary groundwork of the different types of hazards, you can take that with you in stride and apply it with these tips to help ace your hazard perception test: 


Make sure your mind and body are well-rested


When it comes to taking practice exams, a double shot of espresso or energy drinks isn’t enough to fuel your brain power when compared with what you need: a well-rested mind. Having enough sleep is vital for your body to feel capable of reaching its peak performance, as well as promising a better reaction time for the hazard perception exam. This will test your reflexes, and showcase your ability to maintain alertness. So whether the nerves are keeping you up or you’re tempted to binge-watch your favorite show, encourage yourself to get a good night’s sleep and wake up refreshed. 


Practicing may not promise perfection, but it’s enough to be effective


Rarely do things run perfectly on the first go, that’s why practice makes perfect. This applies to almost any skill you can think of, including learning the ropes of a hazard perception test. You can sharpen your reaction time and reflexes by asking for assistance from your training provider or through online courses. For instance, at the LGV Training Company, a software that allows you to replicate every stage of the hazard perception test will be given to the signed-up trainee as part of their training materials. This provides you with more than enough opportunity to ace the test – if you take advantage of this, you may find the actual exam a piece of cake. 


Avoid random clicking in your Hazard test


When you’re playing the guessing game, you may think you have equal chances to guess it right. However, when it comes to hazard perception tests, the software used can sense random or excessive clicking. This will lead to deduction of points as it suggests that you lack the actual knowledge and have a tendency to shrug it off with guesswork, which is a big no-no when it comes to appropriate driving. In cases like these, if you’re unsure of the hazard, resist the urge to click. 


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