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.

Changes to Light Vehicle Testing

Based on the latest medical advice, all light vehicle (cars, utes and vans) drive tests and all computer-based (knowledge and hazard perception) license testing has been suspended as of Wednesday 25 March. We have done this to protect the health and well-being of our staff and customers in this unprecedented time. 

We have been contacting each customer individually to inform them of these changes. 

If you can stay home, you must stay home.

Some restrictions have been cautiously eased to allow people to look after their own, and others’ health, wellbeing and social connection. These new arrangements will come into effect at 11.59pm on Tuesday, 12 May.

There are five reasons that you can leave home:

  • shop for food and other necessary goods and services
  • access medical services or provide caregiving – for example, this includes shared parenting obligations or providing care and support to an unwell, disabled, elderly or pregnant friend or relative
  • attend work or education where you can’t do those things from home
  • exercise and participate in some recreational activities adhering to the rules
  • visit friends, family and loved ones while adhering to the rules.
  • The Victorian Government is directing all Victorians to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Every Victorian must play their part. By staying at home and limiting contact with other people, we can protect the elderly, the at-risk, and our healthcare workers and each other. 

    When appointments become available again, we will call everyone to re-book. Fees paid for suspended appointments will be transferred to new appointments.

    If you are an overseas licence holder, you can continue to drive on your overseas licence as long as you have not already been unsuccessful in a drive test. The period for compliance to convert to a Victorian licence has been extended to 29 April 2021.

    Can I go for practice drives and driving lessons? 

    Yes, the Government announced easing of restrictions in relation to driving practice and driving lessons. This means that you can now undertake supervised driving practice. Supervised drivers are full licence holders which may include family members, volunteer mentors and also qualified driving instructors.

    What about licence testing? 

    VicRoads is currently developing a Return to Service plan and any decision to resume licence testing, including light vehicle drive tests, will be made in conjunction with advice from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

    Visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more.

    Appointments and tests

    From Wednesday 25th March 2020 all light vehicle drive tests and computerised license (knowledge and hazard perception) testing has been suspended to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and save lives. We will advise all customers when appointments become available again.

    Hazard Perception Practice Test

    While we’ve temporarily suspended all light vehicle drive tests, Knowledge and Hazard Perception Test, you can still gain some experience by doing our practice tests online.

    Take our hazard perception test to 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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