Are You Aware Of DVSA’s Theory Test Changes?

Tue 20th Nov 2018

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has added some additional scenarios to their theory test for new drivers, including some adverse weather conditions.

The new clips were added to the hazard perception tests at the start of November and include 23 different scenarios including snow, rain, gusty winds and low sun. The additional of the new CGI videos will help test how fast new drivers can recognise the dangers around them. Recently released stats show that last year there were 205 fatalities on roads during adverse weather.

Those taking the test should be ready to anticipate a deer running across the road in the snow, a car breaking hard in wet weather and a lorry driver swerving into the path of the car in front of you.

In the theory test, the learner driver will be shown fourteen clips, with up to five points awarded for correctly responding to each scenario. There will only be one attempt at each clip, with a pass mark of 44 out of a total of 75 available.

Jesse Norman, Road Safety Minister, said: "The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we’re always looking for ways to make them safer.

"These new hazard perception clips offer more realistic driving conditions to test a learner driver’s ability, preparing them for overcoming the real-life challenges they will face on the road – something that should benefit all road users."