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Overtaking I was thinking of what to write about in this edition of Forward Vision and I thought 'overtaking would be a good subject because generally we don't get to do many overtakes these days. When talking about not many overtakes I mean on single carriageway roads. We obviously do overtake other vehicles, such as parked cars or when we're on a dual carriageway or motorway and although the technique of overtaking will be included in these the practical aspect is easier. Overtaking is a complex subject and for reference I have used Roadcraft, The Official Highway Code, the internet and my experience. Roadcraft has 26 pages on the subject, so I am not going to be able to cover everything in this article. The Highway Code has rules 135-138, 162-169, 214-215, 230, 267-269, 288 and 301 which I believe are applicable. Do you know of any others? My intention is to give you an overview of the subject, make you aware of the hazards but not put you off overtaking. Before moving on I must talk about your car or the vehicle which you are driving. With a lot of car manufactures trying to meet low emission targets, the performance of some of the cars produced suffers significantly so this needs to be taken into account when carrying out some manoeuvres like overtaking. Part of Advanced Driving is to know the capabilities of the car that you are driving. Overtaking is a complex and hazardous manoeuvre. Yes it is but don't let that put you off. Roadcraft states that the key safety points to consider before overtaking are: Do I need to? Is it necessary or appropriate in the circumstances? Is my vehicle capable of overtaking? I would like to add another, are you capable of overtaking? A well planned and well executed overtaking manoeuvre is no more dangerous than any other. The important thing to remember is that you should avoid impulsive, opportunist overtakes. Continued on Page 12 Page 11

Chelmsford Advanced Motorists

Issue 104

Forward Vision 104 February14  

Newsletter of Chelmsford Advanced Motorists