How to overtake safely
It is natural that vehicles going slower must be overtaken, but only if it is safely and legally. You should pay special attention when you overtake not sizable road users as cyclists and horse riders. Being vulnerable they can lose their path because of slipstream from large vehicles. Moreover, the horn can terrify the horses so it is advisable to drive slower approaching to them giving them more space on the road.
The task of the driver who is going to overtake is to:
- Avoid getting very close to the vehicle he will overtake;
- Make use of mirrors and check the blind spot area before starting to leave the line;
- Give a signal to the driver if it safe;
- Never follow another car which is going to overtake;
- Move fast next to the vehicle when you have already started overtaking;
- Leave enough space between cars and return to the left smoothly without cutting in;
- Be more attentive when it is dark or there is poor visibility;
- Allow passing to oncoming cars if there is an obstruction on your roadside;
- Overtake only from the left side if the vehicle signals turning right;
- Not leave the lane if you got stuck in the queue unless the left ones move faster;
- Leave enough space for every motorcyclist, cyclist and horse rider.