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Overtaking mistakes that cause accidents


Mistakes when overtaking account for a large number of accidents on the road. Impatience, tiredness, carelessness, they can all play their part. If you want to avoid having an accident this way yourself, or simply want to be aware of the mistakes other drivers may make, read on.


Not looking properly before you pull out

Most vehicles will have a 'blind spot' that the mirrors alone cannot cover. This area may be big enough for a motorbike or small car to be out of your view for a moment, and that's all it takes. Always glance over your shoulder quickly before you move out.


Failing to indicate for long enough before you manoeuvre

Many people seem to indicate at the same moment they start to pull out, if you do this you may as well not bother at all. Indicators are for warning others of what you intend to do, so indicate for at least 4 or 5 seconds or more before you move.


Overtaking a vehicle as you are approaching a blind bend

Yes, believe it or not, some people actually do this. Unless you have developed the amazing ability to see around corners, don't risk it!


Overtaking 2 or 3 cars at once

This almost goes without explanation, what happens if you don't make it? Just because you may have a fast car, does not stop someone closer to the front of the queue from pulling out on you, or enable you to pull in to a gap that may not exist.


If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault and would like further advice, please give us a call us on 0845 6768898 or complete our online claim form and one of our experienced advisors will be happy to help.
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