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Driving Theory and Hazard Perception Test Guide

Driving Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test Leeds

Driving Theory Test Leeds

There are two parts to the driving theory test - booked and taken as a single test:

  • multiple-choice questions
  • hazard perception (Click on the hazard perception test tab below for full details.)

You need to pass the driving theory (multiple-choice questions) and hazard perception tests at the same sitting before you can apply for your practical driving test.

During your driving lessons with Paul Robinson Driving School, your driving instructor will help you to develop and apply driving theory and hazard perception on the open road.

At Paul Robinson Driving School, your driving instructor will advise you when to apply for the driving theory test.

The driving theory element of the driving theory test is a 50-question multiple-choice test.

To pass the driving theory test you must answer 43 or more questions correctly within 57 minutes.

Questions are chosen at random from a bank of over 1000 questions, and you answer by touching the screen.

During the driving theory test you have the option to flag questions and return to them later.

How to book your driving theory test in Leeds

To sit a driving theory test you will need a valid provisional driving licence.

You can book your driving theory and hazard perception tests online.

If you have any problems booking your driving theory test online or if you would like to discuss anything such as reading difficulties, a disability or health condition before attending Leeds driving theory test centre, call the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) on 0300 200 11 22

Avoid extra costs when you book your driving theory test by using the official driving theory test booking service at https://www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

By using this official booking service on GOV.UK, you will only pay for the cost of the driving theory test itself, whereas other websites might charge extra fees.

Preparing for the driving theory test

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recommend that all candidates study the Highway Code, Know Your Traffic Signs and Driving The Essential Skills.

Regardless of your driving experience, you should make full use of the available study material to prepare for the multiple choice and hazard perception elements of the driving theory test.

The hazard perception test

Immediately after your driving theory test, you must:

  • identify 15 developing hazards, each worth a score of up to 5 points
  • watch 14 one-minute video clips, each containing at least 1 developing hazard, but one of the clips will feature 2 ‘developing hazards’ (a situation that develops from a relatively unremarkable beginning, to a serious event seconds later, that would require you as a driver having to take action, such as changing speed or direction.)
  • score 44 out of 75 to pass.

More people fail the hazard perception part than the multiple choice theory element.

Even experienced drivers struggle with the hazard perception test, so you will need to make sure you’re fully prepared for it.

You will need to train thoroughly and be prepared to maintain a high level of concentration for the duration of this twenty minute test.

You will be expected to spot the early warning signs of the hazard before it develops and to respond by clicking with the left or right mouse button.  You will need to click again as soon as the hazard begins to develop.

You are not expected to click on the hazard, just to press the button when you recognise that something is about to happen, that would need a response from you as a driver.

This has little to do with reaction time and with the right training you should be able to recognise that a hazard is developing, well in advance of it being necessary to brake or change direction.

When applied on the open road, this skill will help to reduce the number of occasions that you end up doing an emergency stop or swerving to avoid a collision, because you will have already slowed down or changed your road position to effectively neutralise the hazard before it happens.  Experienced drivers do this all of the time, without even realising they are, whereas inexperienced and newly qualified drivers tend not to have this skill and as a result are involved in far more avoidable collisions.

In terms of the practicalities of the test, when you click on the video, you will see a flag appear at the bottom of the screen to acknowledge the click.

You can and should click every time you see something that makes you think a hazard is developing.  This means that you might click quite a few times in one clip and so long as you click only when you see a potential developing hazard you are very unlikely to be considered as cheating.

However, if you click in a patterned, rapid or regular way, the software will give you a score of zero for that clip and display a warning message.  In reality unless you are really cheating, you are unlikely to see that response.  On the other hand if you are genuinely trying to cheat the system, you will see that message frequently and certainly fail the test.

For each developing hazard there are five points available.  The five points correspond to five equal length intervals of time, starting at the point where the developing hazard, in the view of the DVSA hazard perception experts is first visible and ending where the experts think the last possible moment for avoiding or reacting to the hazard is.

If you click in the first fifth of that band, then you will get 5 points and if you click in the last you will get 1 point. Obviously, if you click before the window of opportunity opens or after it closes, you will score zero points.

Remember, at least one of the clips contains 2 scoring hazards, so you must continue to watch every single clip all the way to the end, even if you’re confident that you’ve already seen and responded to a developing hazard.

On the day of your driving theory test

By the day of your driving theory test, it’s important that you are fully prepared.

You must have all of your documentation including:

  • appointment letter
  • provisional driving licence

It’s also important that you know exactly where the driving theory test centre is located and that you arrive in plenty of time. If you arrive late, the driving theory test centre may cancel your driving theory test and you may forfeit your booking fee as a result.

Most importantly, it’s critical that you are fully prepared for the driving theory test and well practiced in hazard perception, so that you arrive 100% confident, that you will be leaving with a pass certificate.  The driving theory test is expensive, so you owe it to yourself to make sure that you’re fully prepared before you walk through the test centre doors.

When you enter the test centre, a receptionist will check your details and you will be asked to empty your pockets of any mobile phones, mp3 players, notes, books etc.  These can be stored in a locker until you complete the test.

Leeds Driving Theory Test Centre

Leeds Driving Theory Test CentreGallery House (1st Floor)

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Can You Answer These Driving Theory Test Questions?

1. You are involved in a collision. Because of this which THREE of these documents may the police ask you to produce?


Mark three answers

A) Vehicle registration document

B) Driving licence

C) Theory test certificate

D) Insurance certificate

E) MOT test certificate

F) Vehicle service record

2. In which THREE of these situations may you overtake another vehicle on the left?

A) When you are in a one-way street

B) When approaching a motorway slip road where you will be turning off

C) When the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right

D) When a slower vehicle is travelling in the right-hand lane of a dual carriageway

E) In slow-moving traffic queues when traffic in the right-hand lane is moving more slowly

3. A cycle lane is marked by a solid white line. You must not drive or park in it:

A) at any time

B) during the rush hour

C) if a cyclist is using it

D) during its period of operation

4. Areas reserved for trams may have:

Mark three answers

A) metal studs around them

B) white line markings

C) zigzag markings

D) a different coloured surface

E) yellow hatch markings

F) a different surface texture

5. You have broken down on a motorway. When you use the emergency telephone you will be asked:

Mark three answers

A) for the number on the telephone that you are using

B) for your driving licence details

C) for the name of your vehicle insurance company

D) for details of yourself and your vehicle

E) whether you belong to a motoring organisation

6. Where can you find reflective amber studs on a motorway?

A) Separating the slip road from the motorway

B) On the left-hand edge of the road

C) On the right-hand edge of the road

D) Separating the lanes

7. You are in a collision with another moving vehicle. Someone is injured and your vehicle is damaged. Which FOUR of the following should you find out?


Mark four answers

A) Whether the driver owns the other vehicle involved

B) The other driver’s name, address and telephone number

C) The make and registration number of the other vehicle

D) The occupation of the other driver

E) The details of the other driver’s vehicle insurance

F) Whether the other driver is licensed to drive


8. Unbalanced wheels on a car may cause:


A) the steering to pull to one side

B) the steering to vibrate

C) the brakes to fail

D) the tyres to deflate

9. What does this sign mean?

Zone Ends

A) End of restricted speed area

B) End of restricted parking area

C) End of clearway

D) End of cycle route

10. What does this sign mean?

2WayA) Two-way traffic straight ahead

B) Two-way traffic crosses a one-way road

C) Two-way traffic over a bridge

D) Two-way traffic crosses a two-way road

1) BDE, 2) ACE, 3) D, 4) BDF, 5) ADE, 6) C, 7) ABCE, 8) B, 9) B, 10) B

Are You Ready for the Driving Theory Test?

Driving Theory Tests were conducted in Leeds between April - September 2017

Candidates passed their Driving Theory Test in Leeds between April - September 2017


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