New clips featuring challenging weather conditions will be added to the hazard perception section of the theory test to better prepare drivers and help reduce fatal accidents.
In 2017, 16,406 accidents happened in rain, sleet, snow or fog in Great Britain, and of those, 205 were fatal.
Hazard perception training and testing could lead to a 11% reduction in collisions, research from the Department for Transport has shown. It’s hoped that introducing new clips featuring these challenging weather conditions to the theory test will improve road safety.
A car’s stopping distance increases considerably in bad weather compared to when roads are dry. In wet weather, stopping distances double, but when it’s snowy or icy, this distance can be as much as ten times greater.
The theory test includes a hazard perception section all about spotting potential risks as early as possible in 14 video clips. The new clips will be introduced in late 2018/early 2019 and will include:
- Snow and ice
- Driving at night
- Driving in low light
An example of the new type of clips is this video of driving in snow:
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.”
Mark Winn, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Chief Driving Examiner, said: “DVSA’s priority is to help everyone through a lifetime of safe driving.
“Every year too many people are injured on our roads by hazards frequently encountered by drivers and we are determined to do more.
“We know the theory test helps saves lives, so we are using computer-generated imagery (CGI) clips to further improve road safety.”