Overtaking is one of the most dangerous manoeuvres a driver or rider can perform on the roads – there are so many things that can unexpectedly go wrong.
DO NOT overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe, for example, when there is:
• a corner or a bend
• a hump bridge
• the brow of a hill
DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. This includes other drivers/riders, but also pedestrians or cyclists.
Most importantly, when overtaking, always expect the unexpected.
The Highway Code (Rules 162 – 169) offers clear rules and guidance to help you overtake safely and legally. Be especially careful when overtaking large vehicles. You should:
• drop back. This will increase your ability to see ahead and should allow the driver of the large vehicle to see you in their mirrors.
• make sure that you have enough room to complete your overtaking manoeuvre before committing yourself. It takes longer to pass a large vehicle. If in doubt do not overtake.
• not assume you can follow a vehicle ahead which is overtaking a long vehicle. If a problem develops, they may abort overtaking and pull back in.
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