wikiHow to Overtake Another Vehicle

Overtaking another vehicle is one of the most dangerous manoeuvres while driving, as it takes you over the centre line and into the path of oncoming traffic, but it is an important manoeuvre to master if you do not wish to be stuck behind a truck for the next two hours on a two-lane road.


Passing is a similar manoeuvre, but does not require the crossing of the centre line.

Steps

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    Ask yourself if it is really necessary to overtake. Can you wait for the next safe passing place?
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    Check the oncoming lane. Look ahead - Are there any vehicles in the oncoming lane? Once your complete your overtaking manoeuvre, will there be 100 metres (110 yards/330 feet) of clear road ahead? Is there a no overtaking line ahead? Is there an intersection, pedestrian crossing or railway crossing ahead? If the answer to any question is no, don't overtake.
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    Check your mirrors and blind spot. Is there a car already overtaking you?
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    Change down a gear. You will need the extra power to accelerate your car so you can overtake the vehicle in front.
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    Signal for three seconds. This gives enough time for the cars behind you to get the message. Keep your turn signal going throughout the manoeuvre
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    Pull out and accelerate. Keep to the speed limit as you overtake the vehicles.
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    Once you are past the other vehicle, check your mirrors and blind spot. Stay in the oncoming lane until you can see the vehicle that you overtook in your wing mirror.
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    Signal back into the correct lane. Pull back into the lane, and deactivate your turn signal.

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