This seemingly simple manoeuvre accounts for many of the
serious accidents on our roads. Did you know it
can take one and a half kilometres to overtake a
commercial truck travelling at 100km/h?
Often the problem with overtaking safely is a lack of
familiarity with the road and area, especially
if you are on holidays.
Try these simple steps to help you with overtaking
Leave a gap between yourself and the car you are
trying to overtake. This gives you more time
to build up speed to complete your overtaking, and
gives you a much better view of the road a head.
Make sure you are in the right gear to over take.
Check that the road is clear and you have enough
space to safely overtake (regulations vary from
State to State). Take the road condition and
consider the environmental factors - is rain or fog
restricting your view?
Safely rejoin your lane as soon as you can. The less
time spent on the wrong side of the road, the safer
Remember, if you aren't sure, it's better to stay behind
a slower moving vehicle than take a risk.
Read more about safe holiday motoring tips