If you drive, you will almost certainly need to overtake other vehicles from time to time. Overtaking isn’t something that is always taught in any depth when you are learning to drive. This means overtaking safely is something you should learn as quickly as possible afterwards.
Before you overtake someone, you should ask yourself if you really need to do so. It could be you are turning off the road you are on very soon, and it might just be best to hang back and make your turn in a moment. However, if you do need to overtake, you need to make sure the conditions are right for you to do so.
Is the road suitable for overtaking?
Thick unbroken lines in the middle of the road on your side mean you shouldn’t overtake. This is usually because there is a bend in the road or it is unsafe to do so for some other reason. Wait for a safe place to overtake before attempting to do so. Overtaking safely also requires you to ensure there is enough distance for you to complete the manoeuvre. There should not be anything on the other side of the road while you do it.
Additionally, consider whether your car is capable of making the manoeuvre. A basic car carrying four people will be less able to complete the move quickly than a powerful car with just the driver on board. Bear all this in mind before you do anything at all.
Look behind as well as in front
It is obvious that you will want to check the road ahead before attempting to overtake. Do you have enough time and room to do so safely, and does the road permit the manoeuvre to be done? However, you should look behind as well. You can never tell if someone will be about to make the same move as you. If they move out to overtake just before you do, and you don’t look behind you, you could end up in an accident.
Accidents do happen, but when you are injured through no fault of your own, you may consider making a compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline can determine whether you might win such a claim, and you can speak to us on 0800 689 0500. If you’ve been hurt in the last three years and someone else was at fault, there could be a chance of winning.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead