Computer-generated clips of adverse weather conditions are being added to the hazard perception section of the driving theory test.
First introduced in 2002, the hazard perception element requires learner drivers to watch a simulated journey and spot ‘developing situations’ on the road.
Announced by the DVSA on 19 November, the 23 new scenarios include driving in snow, wind, rain and fog – and dusk and dawn scenes.
Jesse Norman, road safety minister, says the new clips are designed to provide more realistic driving conditions to better test a learner’s ability.
Figures show that during 2017, 16,406 collisions happened in rain, sleet, snow or fog – of which 205 incidents were fatal.
Research from the DfT suggests that hazard perception training and testing could account for an 11% reduction in collisions – ‘potentially saving hundreds of lives every year’.
Jesse Norman said: “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, DVSA chief driving examiner, said: “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 clips to further improve road safety.”