Driving Standards Agency launch new computer generated hazard-perception clips

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has launched a new set of computer generated clips that they have loaded on to You Tube for those interested to preview.

Peter Weddell-Hall, DSA’s head of e-assessment, says:

“The clips are early prototypes. DSA aims to bring these computer-generated clips into the theory test by the end of 2013. It means DSA can introduce hazards that would be hard to film safely – particularly those involving vulnerable road users.”

Watch the two computer-generated hazard perception clips on YouTube


The current clips were introduced into the theory test in November 2002. They were created by filming developing hazards in a variety of road and traffic situations using a specially adapted car.

The hazards in them are still relevant, but the image quality is not as clear or defined as is available today. The content – vehicles, backdrops and fashions - is looking dated, too.

Other changes

From 23 January 2012 the theory test will be made up of multiple-choice questions which are no longer published in learning materials.

The reason behind the move is to stop candidates from simply memorising theory test questions and answers and learning by rote.

New official driving and riding theory books were published in September 2011 to help candidates prepare for the test and for life on the road.

The new books contain:

New sections of text for motorcyclists, a free e-book for car drivers and full references throughout to help candidates learn and revise.

Questions and answers for revision, including practice for case studies.

The official DSA explanations for every revision question, helping candidates fully understand the answer.

This approach to learning will help candidates to gain a better knowledge and understanding of driving theory which will help them respond correctly to the new, reworded live questions used in the actual test.

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