What is the process for getting your P2 Licence?

Have you had your P1 licence for 12 months? If so, you are eligible to attempt the next stage of the driver licence process – your P2 licence.  However, in order to get your green P’s from your red P’s, you will have to pass the Hazard Perception Test.

The Hazard Perception Test also known as the HPT, was introduced to measure how safely drivers can respond to hazards.  The HPT evaluates your ability to recognise and anticipate potential hazards and different traffic situations on the road.  The HPT is an important and essential element of your licence requirements.

The aim of the HPT is ensure that P1 drivers can identify and have sufficient hazard perception skills to be able progress to a P2 licence or green Ps.

There are 15 small video scenarios in the Hazard Perception Test.  These files contain actual traffic situations.  For each scenario, you will be required to identify and react based on the situation.  The best preparation for the test is to get an understanding of what the test will look like and how you will be required to respond.

The following HPT practice test links are sourced from MyLicence – South Australian Government website. These practice tests replicate the real Hazard Perception Test and it’s about being able to identify and react to hazards.  The practice HPT on the RMS website, act more as a guide and do not actually allow you to identify and react to hazards.

Practice the Hazard Perception Test

There are 5 practice tests, each with 7 questions for a total of 35 questions.

Just click the buttons below to begin practicing for the HPT.

There are five (5) of the most common crash types and situations that the test focuses on for NSW provisional drivers.  These are;

1.  Rear end collision of two vehicles travelling in the same direction.

2. Crashing into vehicles approaching from adjacent directions (generally from the left or right) and which usually occur at intersections.

3.  Crashes with vehicles coming from the opposite direction e.g head-on crashes.

4.  Running off the roadway on bends or curves and colliding with objects such as parked vehicles, trees, poles etc.

5.  Running off a straight section of the roadway and colliding with objects such as parked vehicles, trees, poles etc.

You are eligible to try the Hazard Perception Test (HPT) once you have held your P1 licence for the required 12 months. If you are successful and pass the HPT, you’ll be issued a provisional P2 licence however, there is certain criteria that must be met before you can attempt the Hazard Perception Test.You can only apply for a P2 driver’s licence once you held your P1 licence for a 12 month period.  If during the 12 month period your P1 licence is suspended for any reason, the suspension period time does not go towards your P2 licence therefore, you must keep your P1 licence for the equivalent time of the suspension, before you can apply for a P2 licence.

Just like getting your L’s and your P’s (P1), The Hazard Perception Test is also part of the licensing process and you must be successful in passing it to progress from a provisional P1 driver licence to a P2 licence.

Improve your hazard perception skills

To help you prepare for the HPT, and improve your hazard perception skills, it is strongly advised that you spend some time studying the Hazard Perception Handbook. To assist you further in practicing for the HPT, here are five (5) interactive hazard perception training modules that will provide many of the skills needed to pass the HPT and stay alive on the road, Alternatively, scroll down a little further and click on each of the five (5) links to try the interactive hazard practice sessions.

The actual test questions illustrate real traffic situations unlike these training modules that are animated demonstrating the main concepts of hazard perception, including stopping and following distance, safe gaps, and scanning for hazards.

Here’s how to use the practice modules

  • Use the sliders to control distance
  • Control your speed with the + and buttons
  • Choose options from pull-down menus
  • Use arrows to select a left or right hand turn, and to look to the left, centre or right.

Hazard Perception Practice Modules

How close is safe – make the connection between distance and speed

Stopping distances – learn how long it takes to stop at various speeds

Safe gaps when turning – learn to safely judge gaps when turning left and right at ‘T’ intersections

Safe gaps at intersections – learn to safely judge safe gaps when turning right at traffic lights

Scanning for hazards – learn to react to hazards you encounter on the road.

Laws relating to P2 Licence holders

Just like holding a Learner licence and P1 licence, there are certain laws or road rules that are applicable to P2 licences that you must abide by.  These are listed below to refresh your memory;

  • Have your green P plates clearly displayed (green P on a white background) on the front and rear of the vehicle.  Your ‘P’ plate must be displayed on the exterior of the vehicle with the letter ‘P’ displayed with no obstructions.  Fix a ‘P’ plate holder/bracket to ensure it is secured and displayed correctly.  If you’re towing a trailer, a ‘P’ plate must be on the back of the trailer.
  • Do not exceed the maximum speed limit of 100 km/h.
  • Do not supervise a learner driver
  • Do not exceed zero blood alcohol concentration. Simply put, DON’T consume any alcohol whatsoever before driving!  It’s also illegal to drive under the influence of drugs.
  • Only carry the number of passengers that can be properly seated in seats and restrained by approved seat-belts or child restraints
  • Not accumulate more than seven demerit points

What’s the next stage of the driver’s licence process?

Have you held your P2 licence for 24 months?  If so, you are now eligible to proceed to the Driver Qualification Test (DQT). If you successfully pass the DQT, you will receive your full licence.  Learn how to get your full licence.

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