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Hazard perception test for P1 licence holders

Take the hazard perception test

The hazard perception test measures how quickly you can identify  and respond to dangerous driving situations.

It is an online test—you can’t take the test at a customer  service centre.

You must pass the hazard perception test before you can  upgrade to a P2 provisional licence or an open licence:

  • If       you were 23 or younger when you received your P1 licence, you will get a P2 licence.
  • If       you were 24 or older when you received your P1 licence, you will get an open licence.

You can do the test as many times as you need until you pass  the test, however you can only do the test once a day. You only need to pay for  the test once—when you pass.

Who can take the hazard perception test

You can take the hazard perception test after you have held  your P1  licence for  at least 1 year. The 1 year period does not have to be continuous, but does not  include  any time that your P1 licence was expired, suspended, or cancelled.

If your P1 licence is currently  suspended or cancelled you will need to wait until your licence is current  again before you can take the test. You can only take the  test if your P1 licence is current.

How to prepare for the test

The best  way to improve your hazard perception skills and pass the test is by getting  plenty of driving experience. Good hazard perception is based on your ability  to read the road ahead and look out for hazards that may turn into a traffic  conflict.

A traffic hazard or conflict is a situation where your  vehicle is on course to hit another road user, such as a pedestrian, bicycle rider,  bus, truck, motorcycle or another car. If your vehicle needs to slow down or  change course to prevent a crash, then there is a traffic conflict.

One way  to improve your hazard perception skills when you are driving is by looking  beyond the vehicle directly in front of you and noticing potential hazards like  pedestrians or slowing or turning vehicles. The key to good hazard perception  is being able to identify early when a potential hazard conflict is likely to  occur.

Taking the test online

Take the hazard perception test

You will need your driver licence number to log in.

Before  you start, make sure you have a laptop or desktop computer with a mouse and a broadband  internet connection (a minimum download speed of 256kpbs is recommended). If you do not have a broadband internet connection  at home, you can take the test at a public library or internet café or kiosk. If you live on the Cape York   Peninsula, visit the Cape York Digital Network website to find out where you can get internet access.

This service requires 30 to 60Mb of video content download. Use this service on a PC, laptop or tablet. It is not available on smartphones as the videos will not display well enough to practise or do the test.

The test consists of videos of traffic scenes. You need to  identify traffic hazards using your mouse. Your reaction time between spotting  a traffic hazard and clicking on it with your mouse determines your score.

Each video contains 1 traffic hazard—you need to predict the  traffic hazard or conflict and respond to it by clicking on the other road user  involved in the traffic conflict as quickly as possible. You should see a  yellow circle appear when you click on the other road user. This means that  your click has been recorded. Your click is timed and will be used to determine  whether you pass the hazard perception test.

Before you take the test, you will watch an instructional  video, and be able to take a practice test.

The hazard perception test takes approximately 15 minutes to  complete, but you should allow yourself up to 45 minutes to:

  • watch       the instruction video
  • complete       the practice test
  • read       and accept the terms and conditions
  • download       the test
  • take       the test and receive feedback on your result
  • pay       for the test online, if you choose this option.

If you do not pass the test, your hazard perception test  feedback report will tell you why.

You can try again the next day—remember you only pay for the  test once you have passed it.

After you have passed the test

When you pass the test, you will be given options for how to pay the test fee. You can pay this fee online using a debit or credit card  (MasterCard or Visa). Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card  surcharge.

If you pass and pay for the test online, you may be able to have your P1 licence automatically upgraded to a P2 or open licence and a new licence with your existing digital photo will be sent to you.

Your licence can not be automatically upgraded if:

  • you have a laminate licence
  • your licence is expired or will expire within 6 weeks from the date you pay your test fee
  • you have not had a digital photo taken and digitised signature recorded in the last 9 years.

If you want to pay cash or if your licence is not automatically upgraded to a P2 or open licence you will need to apply at a:

You will need to bring:

You no longer have to complete a driver licence application form when visiting a Department of Transport and Main Roads Customer Service Centre.

You will still need to complete a driver licence application form (F3000) at police stations and most QGAP offices.

The earliest you can upgrade your P1 licence is the day after you have held your P1  licence for 1 year (not including any periods of licence suspension or  disqualification).