Overtaking can be a very hazardous manoeuvre, yet drivers aren’t taught how to do it safely. Many don’t try and don’t even allow space for others to do so, leading to queues of frustrated motorists.

Choosing the right time and place is crucial, so ask yourself three things: is it necessary, is it safe and is it legal? If the answer is yes in each case, then early planning, good observation and judgement of speed and distance will ensure the time exposed to danger is minimal. Safety must be your priority.


If you are in any doubt about overtaking, don’t do it.