In order to help decrease the number of road deaths that happen every year, the Department of Transport has recently announced that the permit test will now have a virtual reality element added to it. This aspect of the learners permit test consists of fourteen film clips that are all one minute long, and will be shown to the learner so that he or she will be able to identify all the possible hazards. By pressing a mouse button every time a hazard appears on screen, driving examiners will be able to evaluate how quickly the learner reacted to each hazard. A learner driver will get more points from the examiner the quicker he or she is able to react to the hazard.
If you are a moped or car driver, in order to pass this virtual permit test you will need to have scored at least thirty-eight out of a possible seventy-five points. On the other hand, if you are the driver of a bus or lorry, you will need to score at least forty-four out of a possible seventy-five.
Some of the hazards that you may come across while taking this virtual learners permit test include: and ice cream truck that has be parked beside a playground where a child is about to run out into the road, a blocked zebra crossing and cantering horses.
Each year, there are thousands of individuals that are killed on the roads, and there are a number of these accidents that have been caused by persons who have limited driving experience. Additionally, statistics show that one in every five new drivers is involved in a road accident during the very first year of passing the permit test. However, officials from the driving standard agency have stated that the hazard perception learners permit test, will cause these new drivers to take more time out to develop their danger-awareness skills so that these skills can become second nature to them.
The danger awareness aspect of the permit test is another way in which examiners can ensure that new drivers are completely prepared; however, if a new driver fails the hazard perception aspect of the test, he or she will actually fail the entire driving test.
Many persons believe that this new element that has been added to the learners permit test will help to reduce the amount of accidents that happen on the roads, as the test will help to prevent naïve drivers from getting permits to drive. In order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the test, an individual who had passed his first driving test more than thirty years ago, scored twenty-one out of a possible twenty-five.