LTrent Safety tip – Overtaking
The most hazardous of all manoeuvres. On the open road, when crossing the centre line to overtake, the pulse rate of even the most experienced driver will increase.
Procedure for Overtaking
- Gauge the speed of the vehicle ahead; don’t be too close.
- Gauge the distance to any oncoming vehicles – remembering it is almost impossible to judge their speed.
- Check your rear-vision mirror (watch for fast vehicles from the rear).
- Select the correct gear for good acceleration (if a manual car).
- Signal (check that your blind spot is clear).
- Start overtaking at least 4 car lengths before the vehicle ahead is reached.
- Accelerate hard, move out slowly.
- Tap the horn if necessary.
- Maintain side safety cushion.
- Move slowly back to the left when the overtaken vehicle is visible in the central rear mirror. Did another vehicle follow you out and around? If so, leave room for it to move left.
- Slowly let the speed settle into the normal driving range.
Ignore any signals from other drivers for you to overtake – make the decision on your judgement.
- Unbroken Lines: Never cross an unbroken line to overtake another vehicle. Obey them without question.
- Broken Lines: Broken lines are not indication about the safety of overtaking another vehicle. The decision rests on your perception and judgement.