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Don't forget to check out the other HPT practice tests:

Practice Test 1

Practice Test 2

Practice Test 3

Practice Test 4

Practice Test 5


Practice Test 1 - Question commentary

Question 1

Instructions

You are travelling along a two-way road in a 50km/hour speed zone.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when you would slow down.

Setting

You are moving along a suburban street with an oncoming vehicle. Although your focus is drawn to the oncoming vehicle, a station wagon will begin to reverse out of a driveway on the left hand side of the street.

Response

The correct answer is to respond as soon as you see the vehicle reversing from the driveway.

 

Question 2

Instructions

You are travelling along a two-way road in a 50km/hour speed zone.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when you would slow down.

Setting

You are moving along a suburban street. A woman with a pram will become visible walking along the left hand side of the road.

Response

The correct answer is to respond as you approach the woman and realise the potential of the situation. It doesn’t have to be as soon as you see her, but you shouldn’t wait until she moves onto the road.

 

Question 3

Instructions

You are stopped.
You wish to turn right at the intersection.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when it would be safe to go.

Setting

You want to turn right at a set of traffic lights that control a busy intersection. You do not have a dedicated green arrow and must wait for a safe break in traffic to make the turn.

Response

There is no opportunity to make the turn before the white van reaches the other side of the intersection. When this happens, you cannot proceed safely as you do not have sufficient visibility to ensure the turn will be safe. As such, the correct answer is not to respond – just let the clip play until it is complete.

 

Question 4

Instructions

You are stopped.
You wish to turn right at the intersection.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when it would be safe to go.

Setting

You want to turn right an intersection. There is a truck in the same situation on the opposite side of the intersection attempting to turn in front of you.

Response

While the truck is waiting to make its turn you cannot proceed safely as you do not have sufficient visibility to ensure the turn will be safe. As such, the correct answer is not to respond – just let the clip play until it is complete.

 

Question 5

Instructions

You are travelling along a two-way road in a 100km/hour speed zone.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when you would slow down.

Setting

You are travelling 90km/h along an unmarked country road with fenced paddocks on either side. There is no oncoming traffic. You pass a T-intersection warning sign on the left hand side of the road and eventually approach this intersection.

Response

The correct answer is to respond when you see the T-intersection warning sign or very soon after you pass it. Leaving the response too long after you pass the sign will be a bad response.

 

Question 6

Instructions

You are travelling along a two-way road in a 60km/hour speed zone.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when you would slow down.

Setting

You are travelling 60km/h in the right lane of a busy 4-lane road. You are following a safe distance behind a vehicle and can see a bus stopped in the left lane up ahead.

Response

There is a wide margin for error in this clip. The earliest (and safest) time to react is when you see the brake lights of the vehicle ahead of you come on. This is a correct response.

If you did not respond to the brake lights, a correct response will also register if you respond as the bus indicates and begins to move into your lane.

For the purposes of the test, the first response is likely the best as brake lights coming on is a hazard and means you should slow down. Responding after this could be too late.

 

Question 7

Instructions

You are stopped.
You wish to turn right at the intersection.
There are no other vehicles or pedestrians on your left or right.
Click the 'RESPOND NOW' button when it would be safe to go.

Setting

You want to turn right at a set of traffic lights that control a busy intersection. You do not have a dedicated green arrow and must wait for a safe break in traffic to make the turn. There is a truck in the same situation on the opposite side of the intersection attempting to turn in front of you.

Response

While the truck is waiting to make its turn you cannot proceed safely as you do not have sufficient visibility to ensure the turn will be safe. As such, the correct answer is not to respond – just let the clip play until it is complete.


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