Frannie’s Top 5 Tips for Passing your Hazards, First Time.
I have so many students come to me with questions about the Hazards and when I went looking, there is very little information out there! And I can guarantee your friends will all tell you it is a stupid test. So, why do I have to do the Hazards test before I sit for my on road Drive test?
Essentially, Vicroads want to make sure you are understanding and looking out for “Potential” hazards. You need to not only be looking at the road in front of you, but anticipating the risks of things you can and sometimes even things you can’t, see. And they can’t afford to pay stunt people to leap out in front of every student on the drive to make sure you react safely, hence the need for a computer based test.
Some Facts about the test:
The test is 28 short video clips, about 30 seconds long, taken from the drivers perspective. You are asked to react like you would if you were actually driving the car and you will be asked to press the mouse button when you would “slow down, overtake, start to turn, or move off”. You need a score of 54% to pass, however they don’t actually tell you a score, just successful or unsuccessful, when you finish. You can go for the Hazards 1 month before you turn 18 and the result is on your file for 12 months. You should try to book in for the Hazards test about 3 weeks before you go for your drive test, just in case you need to arrange a second attempt (although, follow my tips and you should be fine!) and usually there is not a very long wait to get an appointment to undertake the test.
So here goes:
Frannie’s Top 5 Tips for Passing First Time
1: If you can’t see – Don’t go! Number one rule when driving! Always make sure you are in a position to get a clear observation before making your decision to go. Never think… “Oh, I can’t really see, I’m not sure, so I’ll just go.” Wait for an obstruction to move out of your view, or reposition yourself (if safe) so you can see past/around it!
2: React as you would when driving the car – don’t overthink it – if you see something, anything that might be a risk, slow down. Think about the road surface and weather conditions and keep a safe driving distance from the traffic in front of you. Look at your road signs and road markings. Consider the speed you are travelling at. What about blind spots, hidden signs, places people might walk out from between cars…
3: When you sit down at the computer, before you start the test there will be a couple of practice scenario’s you can do as many times as you like before starting the test. Practice these to get a good idea of the correct timing for the program. Driving is a little different for everyone and the way I might react to something might be different to the way the next guy reacts, but a computer program expects a certain answer. It’s really good to get a sense of what the program is wanting from you before you get into the test properly.
4: Don’t rush! They allow you plenty of time to complete the test. In fact you will most likely not need all the time given. Make sure you read the scenario instructions properly to understand exactly what they are asking you to prepare for.
5: You DO NOT need to press anything in every scenario. There are some of the situations that the correct answer is to not go or not press the button at all.
Here is a link to the South Australian Roads Authority Hazards Perception practice test:
*Remember the laws are not exactly the same for every state in Australia but this practice gives you a good idea of how the test works. The Victorian test is very similar.
Here is a link to Vicroads, to the information page on the Hazards test and where you need to go to book it in:https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/licences/your-ps/get-your-ps/hazard-perception-test
So go on, Book it in! It’s not that scary and it is the first necessary step to getting your P’s.
Ps. Here’s one more tip, especially for those in regional Victoria: When a tram stops ahead of you, in the centre of the road, you need to stay at the rear of the tram to let the people get on and off and walk safely across to the footpath. You don’t come up alongside the tram…