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Not the best for hazard perception
on 16 August 2013
I have been using this to practise for my upcoming theory test and have found it extremely frustarting that i keep failing the mock hazard perception..... that is until you start doing the practice clips and in some cases whoever helped with this and put in the point markers really needs an eye test as some of the hazards you cannot actually see at the point they say it starts. For example there is a clip of a car coming round a bend passing parked cars but you cannot see round the bend as it is a very tight left bend yet the 5 point marker requires you to be able to see through the wall thats blocking your view and see the car before it actually comes into your view (around the 1 point marker). Another is a car at a junction and you are supposed to know its going to pull out in front of you even though the hazard start has it stationary behind the lines and the point where you see it start to move is again around the 2 point marker. Until you see it move it is not a developing hazard.
On some occasions you are expected to judge that a person is walking to a crossing to use it even though they are not turning to the crossing as they haven't even reached that point. It is silly things like this that will have you screaming with frustration. Once you start the practice videos and realise that its not your perception that is off but rather there markings (which they do state they have placed to the best of their knowledge but that is debatable) it does put you at ease somewhat.
I think everyone can understand they may be a little off but some of them are just silly with the amount they are off and i think this is going to affect the confidence in a lot of people and make them question themselves if they are actually ready or not. My advice would be to just judge yourself by the practice videos which you can review and not via the actual mock test because that way you will see if it is your error or theirs and won't beat yourself up about it.
The theory test however is very good and am now passing it with 95 - 100% each time and the questions are rarely the same.
If you are clairvoyant you may stand a better chance than most with the hazard perception.