Practice hazard perception: braking, letting go of the accelerator, or doing nothing
Various exam topics are tested on the CBR driving license B theory test in the Netherlands. The exam topics are: hazard perception, traffic rules, and traffic insight. On this page, we go in-depth into the hazard perception section: braking, letting go of the accelerator, or doing nothing. This part is considered difficult by most exam candidates. We hope that by reading the following, you will gain more knowledge about hazard perception. However, it is best to learn hazard perception by practicing. Take a free driving practice test to start with, then go for one of our paid products to practice hazard perception!
The hazard perception exam topic consists of 25 questions. Of the 25 questions, at least 13 questions have to be correct to pass your CBR driving license B theory test in the Netherlands. You only have 8 seconds to answer each hazard perception question. Every question has 3 answer options: brake, release the accelerator or do nothing. For that reason, it is important that you answer very quickly and really get a feeling for hazard perception. This is best achieved by practicing hazard perception as much as possible. Increasing your chance of passing the CBR driving license B theory test in the Netherlands!
Below we discuss the three answer options you have for the hazard perception exam topic. The answer options are: brake, release the accelerator, or do nothing. We explain when you should choose which action. There are also practical examples, teaching you to connect real traffic situations to a specific action. We recommend that you start practicing hazard perception as soon as possible. This is possible with our free driving theory practice test or our paid products. Hazard perception is best learned by spending a lot of time practicing!
You choose to brake if you want to reduce speed or even stop. In such situations, the danger is so imminent or so close that you have no choice but to brake. You may be wondering what these situations are. We will give you some examples below.
You should choose to brake in most cases:
- In case of immediate or acute danger
- In a traffic situation with bad and/or unstable road users
- When there is oncoming traffic on narrow roads
- While passing road work
- While passing obstacles on the roadway
- At unclear and/or dangerous intersections
- At blind and/or sharp turns
- While overtaking and passing oncoming traffic
- In busy areas (e.g. at schools, residential/shopping areas, etc.)
- When a blockage or traffic jam occurs
- Or when there are large speed differences
Practice the situations in which you have to brake by practicing hazard perception. You can do this by taking our free driving license theory practice test for the Netherlands or by using our paid practice exam products!
Releasing the accelerator
You should choose to release the accelerator if something could happen in traffic. If there is a possible danger, but you do not have to brake immediately. With your action you ensure that you have extra time to react, should danger arise.
For example, you often choose to let go of the accelerator in the following traffic situations:
- In case of latent danger (no immediate or acute danger), where you have adapted your speed to the situation
- If you don’t trust the traffic situation, but you can oversee it well
- At a speed bump in the distance
- At a bend in the distance (no oncoming vehicle)
- To make room for a car that wants to merge onto the highway
- To make room for a car that wants to overtake you
- With an oncoming car in the distance
- When seeing a warning sign
You can also learn the situations in which you should choose to release the accelerator by practicing with hazard perception. Go for our free practice driving theory practice test for the Netherlands, or buy one of our Dutch driving theory practice test products in our webshop!
You choose to do nothing if there is no immediate danger and if you are not in a situation where something could happen. This is the case, for example, in the following traffic situations:
- No acute or latent danger
- You have a good overview of the traffic situation
- You have enough space to perform your actions (following distance)
- There is an escape option available
- There is no big difference in speed
Lastly, you can master recognizing situations where you don’t have to do anything by practicing. Take our free driving theory practice test for the Netherlands, or order one of our practice products in the webshop. You can find these products here. Good luck with practicing hazard perception!
Practice hazard perception by taking a free driving theory practice test!
You can try one of our driving theory practice tests for the Netherlands for free. We have a total of 2500 practice questions and 40 unique Dutch driving theory practice tests available. You can take these exams for a fee. You can buy products from us with which you can practice driving theory practice tests for 3 hours or 5 hours.
Each driving theory practice test for the Netherlands consists of 25 questions hazard perception, 12 questions traffic rules and 28 questions traffic insight. This is exactly the same number as on the real CBR driving license theory test in the Netherlands. You can prepare for the CBR Dutch driving license theory test with this free practice test and our paid driving theory practice tests!
With this free Dutch driving theory practice test you can also practice hazard perception for free. When do you choose to brake, let go of the accelerator, or do nothing. Try it out with this free driving theory practice exam. At the end of the practice exam, you will be shown your results. Would you like to practice more with hazard perception later on? Then go for one of our paid practice products. There is a lot to choose from.
Click on the button ‘Start the free Dutch Driving Theory Exam’ below to start the practice exam. At the end of the driving theory practice test, you can view the results. You can see which questions you had right or wrong. Below you can read more about the feedback you will receive after the driving license practice test for the Netherlands. Have fun practicing hazard perception!
You will learn from the feedback!
After you have taken the free driving theory practice test you will be taken to the results page. This also applies to the paid driving theory practice tests for the Netherlands. If you complete these you will end up on the same page. On this results page, you can first see whether you passed or not. In short, did you answer enough questions correctly? Or do you need to continue studying and practice more?
In addition, on the results page, you can also see how many questions you have answered correctly or incorrectly on each exam topic. How many questions did you answer correctly on hazard perception, traffic rules, and traffic insight. The color green indicates that you have answered the question correctly. On the other hand, the color red indicates that you answered the question wrong. This way you can easily check which exam topic might need extra attention.
By clicking on a question you can view the feedback on this question. Click on ‘view motivation’ and you will see an explanation of the correct answer. This way you can learn from your mistakes quickly and easily. And hopefully, you will improve in the next Dutch driving theory practice exam. You study for your CBR driving license B theory test in the Netherlands by practicing as much as possible. That way you have the best chance of passing the test!