As a coach, you’ll need to prepare your restricted license driver for the hazard detection and response tasks in the full licence test.
To identify hazards, your learner should be constantly scanning all around the car.
Good scanning skills will build up a bigger picture of what’s going on around the car. It gives the driver time to use the hazard action plan:
New drivers need to understand what is considered a hazard in the full licence test and the type of response that the testing officer is looking for.
For the test, a hazard is ‘anything that’s moving, or might move, that you could realistically collide with or run over while driving’.
During each assessed task, the testing officer will ask the driver to say out loud:
These responses don’t have to be long – a few simple words will do.
Here’s an example of how a driver might identify and respond to a hazard in the full test:
It can be hard to describe hazards out loud, so build up confidence with easier practice sessions first.
Once your learner can do this, repeat the above, but this time ask them to tell you what they’re going to do about the hazard as well.
• If your learner misses or incorrectly describes a hazard or response, make sure that you provide immediate feedback.
• Begin practising in a quiet area with a small number of hazards. Gradually build up to busier areas with multiple hazards.
• Keep it simple. Don’t overdo the detail. Don’t worry about using complete sentences, as long as it’s clear what they’re meaning.
• Practise at different locations and at different times of day. This provides your learner with a wide variety of hazards.
As your learner gains experience, identifying and reacting to hazards will become easier for them.