Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook

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A hazard is a source of danger. When driving, it is something that forces you to change your speed (usually to slow down) or change your steering (usually to steer around it) to avoid a collision.

Real and potential hazards

A real hazard is something that you have to react to. Examples of real hazards are: a stop light, a car moving slowly or stopping in your lane, a curve that requires you to slow down, a pedestrian or vehicle blocking you.

Real hazard Real hazard (above)


A potential hazard is something that mIght happen and you may have to react to: a car signalling the intention to change lanes, a car on the shoulder that might pull out, a pedestrian who might cross the road or a traffic light that might change.

Potential hazard Potential hazard (above)


These two types of hazards will be referred to frequently in the following sections.


Rev: 2017