Overtaking Safety - avoiding vehicles
Just a quick one this week, but its based on a number of incidents
that have recently been reported on www.visordown.com.
If you are trying to overtake a vehicle and he is signalling /
cancelling the signal / speeding up / slowing down / signalling
again - you get the picture - HANG BACK AND WAIT!!! Don't go for the
overtake and get wiped out by the vehicle suddenly changing lanes or
Why? Read the clues. He's driving erratically. Something other than
driving is clearly on his mind.
What are the possible reasons? He could well be lost in a strange
town and looking for a route to his destination. Just because YOU
know where all the side roads are, and where junctions are sited and
how they are designed, don't assume everyone else does.
He could well be looking for a particular road or building. This
applies particularly if it is a van - he could well be a delivery
driver and he's looking for his drop... if you've ever worked as a
courier or a van driver (and I did for many years) you'll know that
street numbers and house names are bloody awkward to spot, and
frequently completely invisible... so be patient, give him a moment
and he'll probably be out your way... but whilst he is looking for
his drop or turn, his attention is not focussed on what is coming up
It may simply be an inexperienced driver at the wheel, or even a
foreign visitor not used to driving on our side of the road. It
might just be someone who is completely inept.
Whatever the reason it's up to YOU to stay out of trouble, and the
solution in every case is clear - patience!
Final point - if you do go for the overtake, give him chance to see
you in the mirror, pass decisively but slowly enough to take
avoiding action, and DON'T BE AFRAID TO SOUND THE HORN - it's what
its there for. If he's got his nose buried in an A-Z or a pile of
consignment notes, it'll make him look or at least think twice
before swinging into that side road or delivery bay!!!
Overtake safely out there!