The theory test is one of the more daunting aspects of becoming an HGV driver, and many trainees often worry about taking it. But behind all the worry, the hazard perception part of the test is one that brings out the most concern. The whole section – videos on how to identify hazards and developing hazards, along with a written portion – is challenging, it’s true. But if you prepare effectively, you should have no problems. Today, we’re going to give you 5 tips that will help you prepare for the hazard perception portion of your theory test.
First of all, there are 2 types of hazard – a standard hazard and a developing hazard. You will be asked to spot both of them during your test. But if you’re not sure what a ‘developing hazard’ is, you just need to check with the DVLA. They define it as ‘something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.’ As an 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.”
Once you understand the definition, you can start to identify developing hazards as you go about your day. While you’re training, driving your car, walking or just sitting in a coffee shop watching the road. If you can train yourself you see these things out in the world, then identifying them on the screen will be a breeze.
Sleep is vital to good brain performance. More importantly, to reaction times, which you need to be at their peak for a hazard perception test. You will need good reflexes, and that only comes from good rest. So don’t spend the whole night playing video games, binge-watching your favourite Netflix show or out with your friends. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep, and drink plenty of water too. This will help you to stay awake and alert during the test, and increase your chances of passing.
You know what they say, practice makes perfect. And with this test, there are ample opportunities for you to do so. There are a wide variety of practice tests available for the hazard perception portion of the theory test, both online and through your training provider. At the LGV Training Company, when you sign up to train with us we will provide you with a selection of training materials, including software that will allow you to recreate the hazard perception test and replicate every stage. Take advantage of this and practice as much as you can – you will be much better prepared for the real thing that way.
Above all, avoid the compulsion to keep clicking randomly on the screen. Random clicking might seem tempting, especially if you don’t know what the answer is, but the tests actually penalise you for it. The software is designed to mark you down and deduct points if it senses you randomly or excessively clicking, as this indicates guesswork instead of actual knowledge. So if you aren’t sure – don’t click.
Ultimately, the HGV hazard perception test isn’t an easy thing to do. But that’s a good thing. It stops unqualified and unsafe drivers operating HGV’s on our roads every day. But it does mean that if you want to drive an HGV professionally, you need to meet that bar and rise above it. If you’re thinking about getting your commercial driving license, we can help. At The LGV Training Centre, we can help you through the entire process, from start to finish. Our expert trainers are on hand to deliver practical and theory training and support you through your hazard perception test. For more information, just get in touch with us today.