My feelings mirror those above. I have been driving for ten years on a normal licence, never had an accident and never had any points, I was taking the LGV theory test. I scored 60/60 on the theory part
and then failed the hazard perception. I know I didn't miss any, they're simply to obvious for that but still scored a zero on at least one.
I fail to understand how a computer
can know the reason for
a human clicking a mouse button.
The person driving the video camera
seemed awfully slow to respond
to numerous hazards and reacted much later than I would while
driving, examples include sheep in the road and the police officer
a motorcyclist down. There is no way that either could be reacted to too early. Both were clear hazards and on both occasions I clicked many seconds before the video driver reacted at all.
It is of course impossible to measure correctly whether a person has
clicked 'too early' - clearly being overperceptive while driving is a ridiculous concept, or whether they have clicked for a developing hazard and then clicked again for another potential hazard but the second click has been marked against the developing hazard cancelling out the initial correct one.
The whole hazard perception idea is of course excellent and was already covered by the practical test in which real hazards are encountered continually and a real practical response is measured.
I hope no-one is killed when a new driver goes out onto the road and
tries to brake for a pedestrian by clicking his mouse button.
What idiot thought this one up!
Save to say it is here and appears to be here to stay, no doubt the government are happy with the reduced driver numbers and private firms happy with increased revenue from the tests.
So I'm off to fork out another load of hard earned cash to learn how to
be perceive hazards in the accepted way, i.e. a bit slower. I would
advise against anyone taking this test without having real pratice on the hazard perception test, and no there is no practical try out on the video the DSA send nor before the test, and if you don't have a PC
then you may as well give up driving, obviously the two are so similar it
is impossible to conceive of someone being able to drive but not wanting to use a computer.