Hazard Perception Test

The Hazard Perception Test checks how well you can observe the whole road scene and respond safely. Learn about the test and how you can practice online.

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Drive Tests, Hazard Perception Tests and Learner Permit Tests are currently in high demand. To avoid disappointment, please check which appointments are available at the Customer Service Centre you intend to book with before proceeding with your booking.

Latest update 16 November

The Victorian Government announced licence testing has re-opened for new customer bookings across Melbourne from Monday 16 November.  

The easiest way to make an appointment is online, or alternatively you can call us on 13 11 71.

Customers with suspended appointments who have been given priority to rebook their tests are being reminded to contact VicRoads on a dedicated number as soon as possible to book an appointment.

Hardship and special circumstances appointments will continue to be offered for eligible customers who would experience undue hardship as a result of not sitting a licence test.

Customers who had their appointments suspended due to coronavirus (COVID-19) will also have their booking fees refunded and all new appointment fees will be waived until bookings return to normal levels. We will contact all customers who are eligible for an appointment fee refund. Please do not call us for your refund.

Heavy vehicle and motorcycle training and testing re-commenced on Wednesday 28 October. Medical review assessments re-commenced on Monday 2 November.

All licence testing has resumed in regional Victoria.

Additional licence testing centres with new staff have been setup to offer more bookings and ensure these key services can resume safely as part of the roadmap to recovery. COVIDSafe measures remain in place to allow the safe delivery of licensing services. 

Customers visiting any of our Customer Service Centres must wear a face mask, unless an exemption applies. 

Please continue to conduct your business with us online or by phone wherever possible, and only attend a Customer Service Centre if your matter is urgent.

Learn more

Hazard Perception Practice Test

Practise identifying potential hazards and reacting to other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists in real-life driving scenarios.

For each video, you’ll be given on-screen instructions and will need to react to hazards as if you’re driving, by clicking the mouse when you think it’s safe. This means clicking when you might need to slow down, overtake, turn or not click if no action is needed.

Take the practice test

About the Hazard Perception Test

Good hazard perception means being able to identify and respond to potential hazards in the safest way possible. The three parts of hazard perception are: see, think, do. As a driver, these are used together to develop better hazard perception skills. 

  • See: using your eyes to scan the road ahead and spot any hazards
  • Think: thinking about what you need to do ahead of time to respond safely
  • Do: acting in response to the hazard you see for example, slowing down or creating more space

Is the hazard perception test the same as the drive test?

No, the drive test focuses on your car handling skills and your ability to demonstrate safe driving on the road, whereas the hazard perception test is computer based, and assesses how you would react to hazards such as other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. Tests are taken at a VicRoads Customer Service Centre. 
 
Is the test available in other languages? 

Yes, the test is available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), English, Macedonian, Persian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

How to improve your hazard perception skills

Hazard perception skills take a long time to develop, so new drivers are more at risk of crashing (External link) in their first 12 months of driving. 

You get better at hazard perception by: 

  • Scanning for hazards in front and around you.
  • Keeping a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front. 
  • Driving at a safe speed for the environment you’re in.
  • Sharing the road safely with others.
  • Giving yourself enough time to slow down.
  • Using the ‘three-second rule.’ 
  • Looking out for changing road conditions or road works.
  • Minimising distractions such as loud music, lots of conversation and the radio.

Where can I learn more? 

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