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About hazard perception

Hazard perception is an important skill and takes time and experience to develop. Demonstrating you have the ability to identify and safely respond to hazards represents an important step in your journey to becoming a safer driver.

Understanding how to scan the road ahead, recognise a potential hazard and respond safely is a skill that will protect you and others on the road. Having time to make decisions when driving can be the difference between responding safely and having a crash.

Remember the 3-step approach:

  1. Scan: Continue to scan the road environment and identify risks when driving at all times.
  2. Recognise: Recognise the difference between potential hazards and hazards that require you to respond. A hazard can be any potential source of danger on or near the road that could lead to a crash. A hazard can come from any direction.
  3. Respond: Learning to recognise a hazard early allows you to make a well-informed decision on the safest way to respond.

About hazard perception for motorcycle riders

Riding is never risk free, a skilful rider is always thinking ahead, anticipating and responding to hazards to lower their risks. Traffic and road situations change constantly. Skilled riders are always observant of the road environment.

There are 3 key steps to developing good hazard perception skills when riding:

  1. Look
  2. Slow down
  3. Move away

Always be on the lookout for potential hazards, reduce your speed so you are able to stop before a hazard. Create some space between you and the hazard by changing your position on the road.

You can apply good observation using the 12, 6, 3 principle:

  • Look 12 seconds ahead to scan your surroundings, observe potential hazards, and plan your path.
  • Maintain at least 6 seconds of vision of the road ahead to give you time to perceive hazards and take action.
  • Keep a 3 second survival space to give you time to respond, and stop if required, to avoid a crash.

Take the hazard perception test

You need to pay a fee before you can get access to the test. You will have access to the test for up to 12-months.

I'm ready to take the hazard perception test.

Start test

The hazard perception test will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes, you will need at least that amount of time connected to the internet.

Indigenous communities

An offline version of the car hazard perception test can be delivered by the Indigenous Driver Licensing Unit during their visits to communities. There is no offline version of the motorcycle hazard perception test able to be delivered.

There are no exemptions from taking the car or motorcycle hazard perception test.