Once you have your valid provisional driving license you may begin learning to drive. You will need to pass the Theory and Hazard Perception test before you can apply for your Practical Driving test.

Theory Test

To achieve the essential road safety skills, Sally’s driving instructors actively encourage you to recall and apply driving theory as part of what you see and do on the road during your practical driving lessons. This will ensure a good level of competance giving you the confidence to pass the driving theory test.

The theory test is made up of two parts which must be passed together:

  • The multiple choice part delivered with a touch screen computer.
  • The hazard perception part records your response to hazards by using the computer mouse button.

If you pass only one part and fail the other, the whole test is failed and both parts will need to be taken again. For more information click here.

Why the Theory Test and Hazard Perception Elements were introduced

Theory Test Introduction

The Theory Test was introduced in July 1996. It was designed to improve the safety of newly qualified riders and drivers by making them think carefully about correct attitudes needed to drive safely on the busy roads of today.

Areas of assessment include:

  • Driver attitude
  • Traffic signs and regulations
  • Effects of alcohol, drugs and fatigue on driver behaviour
  • Safety and environmental aspects of vehicles

Hazard Perception Test Introduction

The hazard test elements were introduced into the theory test in November 2002. The British Government was committed to reducing the numbers killed and seriously injured on the roads of Britain. This was one of the measurements to help achieve the British Government’s target to encourage appropriate training in scanning for hazards on the road and to recognise at the first opportunity that a potentially dangerous situation might arise. This forward planning enables the driver to quickly minimise risk.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) worked closely with colleagues from the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and the Road Safety Division of the Department for Transport during the development of the hazard test. Both these government agencies thought that the hazard perception test would be suitable for testing the hazard awareness skills of all drivers.

New drivers are often involved in motor vehicle accidents, notably in the first months after passing a practical drivers test. It has been proven that those drivers who have taken hazard perception training have much better hazard perception skills.