A hazard can be described as anything that may cause the driver to have to change speed, direction or even have to stop. Failure to identify and react to a hazard quickly can lead to a dangerous situation or even result in an accident.
Hazards are usually categorised in groups such as: other road users, environmental hazards and physical hazards. Hazards can be pedestrians, cyclists, weather conditions and roundabouts.
The hazard perception test The hazard perception part of the theory test focuses on learners abilities to understand and react to developing hazards. It is a crucial part of the test as you must be able to spot hazards in plenty of time to react. For your hazard perception test and general driving, it is essential that you learn to look out for the early warning signs of a developing hazard.