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Identifying hazards when driving

Spotting a hazard in time to take suitable evasive action and avoid a crash is an essential part of safe driving.

It's important to learn how to recognise and avoid hazards while driving to improve road safety for yourself and other road users.

A hazard can be any possible source of danger on or near the road that could lead to a crash, and it can come from any direction. It could be a:

  • child chasing a ball onto the road
  • parked car door opening
  • vehicle merging into your lane or stopping suddenly in front of you
  • slippery road surface after rain.

As drivers gain experience they develop skills in scanning the road ahead and around them, and they become better at recognising that a potentially dangerous situation is developing. This early detection gives them more time to make a decision about the hazard and respond to it appropriately.

View the short videos showing real life driving situations. An experienced commentator points out potential hazards facing drivers and suggests ways that drivers could respond safely.

Links to identifying hazards when driving videos

Identifying hazards when driving through business areas

Business areas - video 1

 

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Business areas - video 2

 

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Business areas - video 3

 

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Business areas - video 4

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Identifying hazards when driving through roadworks

Roadworks video

 

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Identifying hazards when driving through school zones

School zones video

 

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Identifying hazards when sharing the road with other road users

Sharing the road - video 1

 

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Sharing the road - video 2

 

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Sharing the road - video 3

 

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Sharing the road - video 4

 

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Identifying hazards when driving through suburban streets

Suburban streets - video 1

 

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Suburban streets - video 2

 

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Suburban streets - video 3

 

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Suburban streets - video 4

 

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Driving as night is approaching video

 

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Last updated
03 October 2017