Hazard perception


There is a portion of your road test where you need to identify hazard. Being a safe driver means you are able to properly identify anything that can be harmful to you or those around you. Hazard perception is the skill of pointing out these dangers.

On your Class 7 (N) road test, you are expected to pull over and park the car to identify the hazards. On your Class 5 road test, you are expected to identify these hazards while you are driving.

During your road test, your examiner will ask you to identify anywhere between 5 to 10 hazards on the road around you.

The following are examples and why they could be dangerous to you as a driver.

– Trees: obstruct your view
– Bushes or shrubs: obstruct your view
– Wooden fences: obstruct your view
– Parked cars: obstruct your view
– Parked cars: driver or passenger doors can swing open unexpectedly
– Pedestrians: unpredictable
– Animals: unpredictable
– Cyclists: unpredictable
– Rain: slippery and affects your vision
– Snow: Slippery and affects your vision
– Sun: Affects your vision
– School Zones: children can be present
– Playground zones: children can be present
– Construction zones: debris on road, workers and heavy machinery
– Hills: Speed change—roll back if facing uphill and you can’t see on the other side of the hill
– Curves: you don’t know whats coming around the corner
– Driveways: cars can come out
– Alleys: care can come out
– Intersections: care can come from anywhere
– Signs: missing them
– Uneven roads
– Buses

These are some of the examples of what to point out to your examiner. Make sure you work closely with your driving instructor to properly identify these hazards so you can become a safe and confident driver.

Feel free to comment below if you felt we missed any.

As always, drive safe, drive smart and drive with confidence.


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