Hazard Perception Ideas For ICBC Road Test Prep & Practice


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  1. Hazard Perception Question
  2. Hazard Perception Summary
  3. For the Road Test – Stopped or When Driving
  4. Hazard Perception Example Words & Phrases
  5. Hazard Perception Infographic
  6. Conclusion

“Hazard perception” is an official thing that people get marked on when they go for the ICBC road test. Depending on the road test (class 5 or 7), drivers will do this either when driving or when stopped. It’s a kind of simple test to ensure that a driver is thinking and aware of potential hazards that may be lurking around their vehicle.

1. Hazard Perception on the ICBC Road Rest

Hazard Perception Question from Taylor: 

Apart from the hazards listed above what else could there be on a residential street? I was sure I listed 5 that I thought was reasonable but apparently I got one right. Is there stock answers that examiners want to hear?

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2. ICBC Hazard Perception On Your Road Test

I don’t think there are ‘stock answers’ they are expecting, since every driving environment is different, if even at the same location at a different moment.

I know the hazard perception can seem not-natural, and people think that most hazards will be obvious and you will be able to react when necessary.

But it seems a better idea to be always aware of the not-so-obvious hazards as well, so that you don’t have to wait until something jumps in front of you and then react. (Active vs. passive driver)

It is good to be proactive drivers, thinking all the time about possible problems.

So, this could include anything, really: Things that you can see like the obvious children in a playground zone or pedestrians walking or about to cross in a crosswalk, things that you can’t see (vision blocked by parked cars, shrubs/bushes/trees, hills, curves, a car could be backing out of a driveway surrounded by thick shrubs), weather like slippery conditions, or the bright glare of the sun making it hard for you to see or for those who are facing you (oncoming traffic may be blinded), etc.

Even if it seems there’s nothing going on around you, there probably are still potential hazards.

Any intersection, crosswalk, road, lane, driveway, hill, curve, front lawn, is a place that something exciting could happen at any moment, (I know, I’m a bit dramatic) even if nothing is right now.

Personally, I’ve encountered a lot of things on a very innocent-looking residential street. All kinds of hazards could present themselves.

ICBC hazard perception
  • A kid’s ball could roll into the road with the kid still chasing it
  • People walking around between parked cars
  • Pets like dogs could be running around
  • Parked cars could suddenly move
  • Car door suddenly opens
  • There could be a hidden stop sign
  • Cyclist
  • There could be a small animal like squirrel or even raccoon or skunk running into the road

All of the above at the same time, while torrential raining on Halloween at midnight.

It’s not about memorizing things, just about looking at what you actually see and identifying what could turn into a hazard for you.

The sky is probably not going to fall, and neither is that house going to implode, but other than that, if you look around you will see all kinds of potential problems.

Cars are moving things, going places.

Just look around and imagine what other types of ‘things’ may be potentially moving towards the same space at the same time as you, and what state they are in.

Are they focused? Drunk or impaired? Elderly or very young? Distracted?

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3. Hazard Perception Example Words & Phrases

And lists these common words you might use when describing your hazards, just as some examples:

hazards when driving
  • car
  • bus
  • too close
  • pedestrian
  • bump
  • can’t see
  • bicyclist
  • children
  • animal
  • construction
  • truck
  • wet road
  • curve
  • warning sign
  • dangerous driver
  • rough pavement
  • turning right
  • hill
  • pulling out
  • ice
  • blind spot
  • motorcyclist
  • snow
  • turning left

4. For The Road Test – Stopped Or Driving

Class 7 Road Test (to get your N): You’ll be required to do this hazard perception while stopped/parked.

Class 5 Road Test (to get your full license): You’ll be required to do this hazard perception while driving.

For Real Life

You’ll be required to do this hazard perception while driving at all times lol

Read more about Road Test Opens in a new tab.and ICBCOpens in a new tab. here.

5. Hazard Perception Infographic

6. Conclusion

To an experienced driver, this whole hazard perception thing may seem strange. Obviously we all have eyes and we can all see obvious hazards while we are driving. However, new drivers do need to be taught to be aware of hazards of all kinds; whether it be the ones they can see or the ones that they can not see.

It’s important to get into the habit of actively thinking and looking for potential hazards while driving, rather than simply driving along enjoying the sceneryOpens in a new tab. and then being unprepared when there is a “surprise.” This is all part of being a safe and defensive driver, not just some funny thing that you have to practice in order to pass a silly road test.

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Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada.

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