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.

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.

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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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