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Know your hazards

A hazard can be anything that causes you to change the speed, direction or even stop your car. You will encounter hundreds of hazards in your everyday driving such as roundabouts, junctions, traffic lights – these are known as static hazards. However, it’s also essential to spot developing hazards. This can be anything from a pedestrian stepping out into the road to a car exiting a driveway. As part of developing your hazard perception skills, it’s vital that you learn to look out for the early warning signs of a developing hazard – and understand how situations can potentially develop into a more serious hazard. The classic example of a developing hazard is when you see a ball roll out across the road ahead of you as it could be closely followed by a child. The sooner you learn to spot a developing hazard, the quicker you can react and avoid unnecessary and potentially dangerous action.