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When not to overtake another vehicle. 14/09/16


Being aware of all the situations when it is not safe to overtake a vehicle will make you a responsible driver and considerably reduce your chances of have a road traffic accident.

The Highway code states that you should not attempt to overtake in the following situations:-

  • When approaching a school crossing patrol

  • On or approaching a level crossing

  • Where the road narrows

  • When approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road

  • Between the kerb and a bus or tram when it is at a stop

  • If you are following a cyclist approaching a roundabout or junction, and you intend to turn left

  • If a tram is standing at a kerbside tram stop and there is no clearly marked passing lane for other traffic

  • When traffic is queuing at junctions or road works

  • If a tram is standing at a kerbside tram stop and there is no clearly marked passing lane for other traffic

  • If a road user is indicating right, even if you believe the signal should have been cancelled. Do not take a risk; wait for the signal to be cancelled

  • when you would force another road user to swerve or slow down


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