Driving is an important skill that must be taken seriously since thousands of motorists accidents happen all around the world. In 2004 alone, the World Health organization reported that no less than a million people died from road accidents and this involved children between the ages of 10-19 years old. This record shows that most young motorists need to strengthen their driving theory since it is the key to creating safer roads. Safety is a primary concern in driving that is why it is necessary to pass a driving exam in order to get a license. The driving exam is composed of a theory test and a practical test.
The driving theory test measures the driver´s basic concepts in recognizing road signs and other internationally recognized traffic signs. The theory test is usually composed of two parts: a) Multiple-choice test b) Hazard perception test. Sound knowledge of driving theory equips the examinee in passing a significant portion of the test. In the hazard perception test, the driver would be watching video clips of potential situations that could be hazardous for both drivers and pedestrians. Hazardous instances in driving could be in the form of unexpected crossing of pedestrians (such as children running in the streets), parked cars, vehicles moving in awkward manner or direction, and other instances of such. The main objective of this part of the exam is to test the driver´s potential to determine possible hazards while driving. The key to passing this test is a good understanding of driving theory applied to actual situations.
While common sense or good intuition can enhance driving situations, observing rules and respecting road signs contribute more to road safety. Driving theory emphasizes the importance of no overtaking in certain roads since this pose higher risk for most drivers. Usually, drivers overtake without observing the rules such as not looking far ahead if there is an incoming vehicle on the opposite lane. Worse, many drivers stay too close to the vehicle they intend to overtake resulting to diminished visibility in the opposite lane. This careless acts result to head-on collisions leading to fatalities. The driving theories may seem simple but they are basic and crucial in driving safely. For this reason, one must pass the driving theory test before taking the practical test. If a driver cannot recall basic guidelines in driving, he might as well be better off the road.