The argument that no one should be allowed to overtake is invalid, as overtaking is a legal road practice. But that doesn’t mean you should be reckless. Most bikers rush past other vehicles from either side and call it a successful overtake. It’s important to know that overtaking is a skill on its own – one that most motorists use abusively.
With that being said, here’s how you can master the art of overtaking as a biker.
• Don’t Be Too Adventurous. Never overtake unless you are certain you can pull off the maneuver safely, without risking damage or inconvenience to another vehicle.
• Avoid Rushing. Always try to leave on time, so you can avoid feeling pressured to make risky overtaking decisions on the way.
• Use Common Sense. If you do decide to overtake, there are a number of things to consider. Be aware of junctions from which another vehicle might emerge while you are overtaking.
• Stay Alert Around Large Vehicles. Be careful when overtaking large vehicles, as they can obscure the view to the front of your bike – making the maneuver more difficult.
• Overtaking at Night. Take special care while overtaking at night, as visibility is low and the distance and speed are harder to judge.
• Be Courteous. Respectfully avoid speeding up when someone else is trying to overtake you.
• Safety First. Make sure there is enough gap between you and the vehicle you’re trying to overtake.