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I now have a date for my theory test, and it’s 2 weeks on Monday, at 10am. Which is slightly annoying considering that the day before is mine and Hari’s first anniversary (yes, it has really been almost a year), so I have a feeling we’ll be going out on the Saturday and not the night before my test. The Theory Test now includes a section on hazard perception, where you use a touchscreen system to point out potential hazards during some short video clips, so I need to be alert that day, which means no drinking the night before.

My instructor is confident that I’ll pass and if I do well on it, it’ll set me up well for the practical test, whenever that comes around. My aim is to be a full-qualified driver by the end of January, when I formally finish my studies.


  1. I actually failed my Hazard perception the first time – and my instructor said I ask probably “too quick” and anticipating the hazards too early for the settings (he personally thinks the Hazard peception test is very bad and that either the main driving test should incorporate a hazard perception section as you are driving or get you to do a “running commentary” to check your awareness).
    My hint is – Despite what you may have heard, don’t be afraid to click often. My first test I only clicked once or two per clip, my retake I clicked between 4 and 9 times per clip!
    On the mulitple-choice part, yes, it is that easy. Don’t be fooled by “It’s too obvious” answer – they are the correct ones!
    I’m probably going to be doing my practical around the same time as you by sounds of things!

  2. I was told, when you see a hazard, click three times, one second between each click, to avoid premature clicking.
    Good luck, Neil.

  3. I was in the first year of the theory test and was quite taken aback at how straightforward it was. For the likes of you and your ongoing Uni exam experience it shouldn’t be a problem.
    That hazard perception test seems a bit strange though – isn’t that the kind of thing you are examined on during the actual driving test itself?

  4. On a way, Baz, yes you are. But they want to check you can see Hazards in a range of situations, like country roads or trunk roads etc.