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What Is A Developing Hazard In A Driving Theory Test?

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If you’re going through the motions of learning to drive and have just begun practising for your theory test, you may have heard the term ‘developing hazard’. If this phrase has left you a little confused, there’s no need to worry. We’re breaking down exactly what a developing hazard is in this guide.

In the theory test one of the ways you are tested is with hazard perception. You are presented with a series of video clips and need to click when you see a developing hazard. But in order to pass this with flying colours, you need to know exactly what you’re supposed to be looking for.

The official advice states that a developing hazard is a situation that would cause you to take action when driving. An action might include braking or changing direction.

The theory test isn’t just about passing. It should give you the toolkit you need to spot real-life hazards when you’re out and about on the road. Most of your practice will come naturally from your driving lessons.

What if you don’t know what the developing hazard is?

You will rarely get a super tricky clip during your theory test. The developing hazards are usually very clear. If you don’t know, it’s better to hazard a guess. It doesn’t matter if you get it wrong. Just make sure you don’t get too trigger happy with the mouse – too many random clicks may leave you with no points.

When you spot one, all you need to do is click once anywhere on the screen. The sooner you respond to a developing hazard, the higher your score will be.

To give you a head start on developing hazard training, we’re listing some helpful examples below.

  1. Car pulling away from side of road – A car is parked on the side of the road ahead and the car’s right-hand indicator starts to flash or the vehicle starts to pull away. This is a developing hazard.
  2. Approaching emergency vehicles
  3. Children playing near side of road
  4. Tractor or large vehicle approaching on a narrow lane
  5. Traffic signals and roadworks
  6. Adverse weather conditions such as fog
  7. Cyclists
  8. Vehicle in front signalling or braking

These are all common examples of developing hazards that you may encounter in both your hazard perception test and in real life.

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