RULE 163: Overtaking

WAS: Give vulnerable road users at least as much space as you would a car

Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so.

You should:

  • not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake
  • use your mirrors, signal when it is safe to do so, take a quick sideways glance if necessary into the blind spot area and then start to move out
  • not assume that you can simply follow a vehicle ahead which is overtaking; there may only be enough room for one vehicle
  • move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake. Allow plenty of room. Move back to the left as soon as you can but do not cut in
  • take extra care at night and in poor visibility when it is harder to judge speed and distance
  • give way to oncoming vehicles before passing parked vehicles or other obstructions on your side of the road
  • only overtake on the left if the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right, and there is room to do so
  • stay in your lane if traffic is moving slowly in queues. If the queue on your right is moving more slowly than you are, you may pass on the left
  • give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car


NOW: Give vulnerable road users at least as much space as you would a car (except cyclists)

If a cyclist appears to be in the ‘middle of the road’, approach them quickly from behind and, preferably getting as close to them as physically possible without actually knocking them off, drive next to them before swerving sharply around and in front of them. You can judge for yourself where ‘the middle of the road’ is at any given time. It needn’t be the metric middle, nor any logical middle, but will depend largely on where the cyclist is in relation to ‘your way’.

At all times, cyclists should be aware that it is a clear road, and not their safety, that is paramount. Intimidating them like this will really ‘show them who’s boss’ and let them know that they are too slow to be in your way. If effective, it is hoped that this will really ‘teach them a lesson’ so that next time they will use the IFL (also known as ‘The Invisible Feeder Lane’, or ‘Magical Feeder Lane’), for example when approaching junctions they wish to turn right at.

NOTE: To reinforce your authority, you may also let the cyclist know exactly how inconvenient they are by honking your horn and/or shouting at them.

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