Deciding When It’s Safe To Overtake
June 06, 2017 at 10:04 AM
The most important aspect of overtaking is deciding when it’s safe to pass another vehicle and when it’s not.
There’re a couple of things you need to consider before you decide whether it is safe to overtake or not.
1. Your current speed. If you are already travelling at a speed that is equal or above the prescribed speed limit, then it’s not only unnecessary to overtake, but also illegal. The need to pass another vehicle does not exempt you from speed limits.
2. The traffic ahead. Look ahead (at least 12 seconds away) to determine whether there is enough clear road for you to pass and pull in safely in front of the vehicle you have just passed. If there isn’t, don’t overtake.
3. The markings on the road. A dashed white line on your side of the road means you can overtake if it’s safe to do so. A single yellow line or two yellow lines, on the other hand, mean that you are not allowed to overtake.
Remember, you don’t have to overtake. If for any reason you’re not sure, don’t pass.