23 brand new clips have been added to the UK theory test covering various adverse weather conditions and driving at night in the hope that the number of collisions will be reduced, and new drivers will be better equipped to handle trickier situations.
Why Has The Theory Test Changed?
The DVSA have added additional material to the current UK driving theory test in the form of 23 new CGI clips to depict real-life situations new drivers are likely to be faced. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) has been used to make clips more realistic and familiarise learners with common, potentially fatal, situations.
All new hazard perceptions clips are based on tricky driving situations that are caused by harsher weather conditions such as rain, sleet, snow and fog or from driving at night. For example, one clip involves a car driving through a snow-filled country road when a deer runs out into the road. See below for full video.
In the past, all hazard perception videos were set on a normal, dry day during sunlight where the weather would not affect situations; however, after uncovering shocking new statistics, this had to change. According to Express, in 2017 alone, there were 16,406 road accidents which were caused by dangerous weather conditions – 205 of these accidents were fatal.
The new theory test changes aim to improve the safety of motorists and familiarise new drivers with how to alter their driving to suit more dangerous weather conditions and nighttime driving. Learners will be made aware of the potential hazards of rain, sleet, snow, fog and driving in the dark.
Research from the DVSA states that the likelihood of a hazard causing an accident is reduced by 11% if it is included in the hazard perception section of the UK theory test.
For full information on the theory test changes, take a look at the GOV.UK website.