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In which of these situations should you avoid overtaking?

A Approaching a dip in the road.

As you begin to think about overtaking, ask yourself if it’s really necessary. If you can’t see well ahead stay back and wait for a safer place to pull out.

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What does it mean by ‘Overtaking’?

The act of passing something on the same side of the road as you is called overtaking. This could be a vehicle that moves more slowly than you do, such as a tractor, a caravan, or a slow-moving car; or road users such as cyclists, horse and rider or pedestrians. It may be done anywhere it is safe to do so, as long as there is clear visibility and no road markings or signs prohibiting overtaking.

How can I tell if overtaking is prohibited?

On your side of the road divide, there is a solid white line that denotes no overtaking. A solid red circle containing parallel black and red cars serves as the no overtaking sign. It is prohibited to overtake when either of these signs is present. The only situation this rule does not apply is when you are behind a horse, a pedal cyclist, or a broken-down vehicle. When it is safe, it is permitted to overtake in these situations. Two solid white lines denotes ‘no passing’ at all.

How to overtake safely?
- Unless it is absolutely necessary, don't try to overtake.

- Avoid overtaking on narrow roads at a bridge, or other locations where it's forbidden.

- Never overtake until you are certain that doing so won't put you or anyone else at risk.

- As long as the road and traffic conditions allow it, give other vehicles the right-of-way to pass or overtake you. Racing for fun should be avoided.

- Never speed up when being overtaken.

- Unless the driver in front of you has signaled that he is turning right, only overtake on the right.

- When the road ahead is obscured, such as at a corner, a cross-road, or around a bend, avoid overtaking.

- Whenever someone other than the driver gives the signal to "Go Ahead," be wary.

- Only overtake when there is enough space ahead and no oncoming vehicle is present.

- Overtaking at night is riskier; proceed with caution.

Dips in the road

There are risks associated with a dip in the road. If it is long or deep enough, it might hide oncoming vehicles. Your front wheel or wheels will be slightly unloaded as you go over the edge of the dip, making steering lighter and less precise. You will also have less braking power until your vehicle is once again stabilized on the road thanks to the pull of gravity. A sharp upwards change in the tarmac's gradient on the other side of a dip might bottom out your suspension and lead to instability. Trailer-towing drivers need to exercise extra caution. Never overtake just before a dip since it will be challenging to see if any other vehicles are coming.



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