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I have seen many drivers commit to overtaking vehicles but at the wrong time. This could lead to the overtaking vehicle's collision with the oncoming traffic. From my mistakes in the past, I will be passing on to you how to overtake vehicles safely without risking a ban.


Section 1 - When must you not overtake a vehicle

  • You are unable to see the road ahead due to bend or dip - You won't be able to easily tell if a vehicle is approaching. Only overtake when you can see the road ahead fully.
  • Traffic is approaching on the opposite lane / overtaking traffic behind you - It should be self-explanatory. If you see vehicles approaching, do not overtake. Similarly, if you see a vehicle behind you overtaking, do not overtake until they have passed you.
  • Vehicle required to break speed limiter to overtake - You will end up spending more time overtaking, hence risking an accident from traffic approaching.
  • Overtaking near or on a junction, railway crossing, roundabouts and narrow roads - Overtaking here may cause blockage for opposite traffic. Overtaking on narrow roads (especially Kirkness Quarry) may cause a congestion.
  • Undertaking on a hard shoulder or off-road overtaking - Overtaking on a hard shoulder is a big nono. Hard shoulders are for emergencies only. You risk crashing into an object or invisible wall if you drive off-road. Generally undertaking can be quite dangerous.
  • Overtaking before exiting the motorway/highway - You risk cutting someone off. If you need to exit, patience is your friend so wait for the exit to be open.
  • Overtaking in a prohibited area - If you see a no overtaking sign and/or solid markings, do not overtake:

Double solid lines means you cannot overtake here:



A single solid line also means you cannot overtake here:



This is a no overtaking sign. This zone stays in effect until you see a sign that cancels this restriction.



Section 2 - Consider the following before overtaking:

  • Can I see the road ahead and any oncoming traffic? - If you cannot see the road ahead, you won't be able to see oncoming traffic. Hence, do not overtake in this condition.
  • Can my vehicle overtake the vehicle ahead swiftly? - If your speed limiter may interfere with overtaking the vehicle ahead, or if the vehicle may struggle to accelerate quickly, don't overtake.
  • Is it illegal to overtake? - If signs or road markings are preventing you from overtaking, don't overtake.
  • Am I confident in overtaking? - If you are not confident with overtaking, don't overtake until you feel more confident with this.
  • Is this necessary? - If you feel it is not needed, it's best you do not overtake the vehicle ahead.


Section 3 - How to overtake vehicles safely?

  1. Observe for any signs or markings prohibiting you from overtaking - Wait until you have passed the area before deciding to overtake.*
  2. Check for vehicles approaching you, oncoming traffic and junctions which may interfere with this process
  3. When ready to overtake, make sure the vehicle ahead can see you and knows your intentions - If you cannot see the mirrors of the vehicle ahead, they cannot see you. It would be a good idea to indicate so that they know what you are doing**
  4. Emerge out and pass the vehicle as quickly as possible
  5. Keep a good distance from the vehicle behind and return to normal driving lane - You should leave about a 4 second gap from the vehicle behind in the event where you lag. In duel carriageways, make sure you return back to the original lane to prevent lane hogging the overtaking lane.

* You are permitted to pass through a solid white line if the is a stationary vehicle or road block ahead of you. You can also turn left or right when the line passes through a junction.

** Avoid signaling if there is a junction ahead. It will be misleading to other drivers.


Section 4 - If a driver is overtaking you

  • Do not accelerate under any circumstance - It is very dangerous and prevents the overtaking driver from returning to the normal driving lane.
  • Try to slow down if oncoming traffic is approaching - By slowing down, you are allowing the overtaking vehicle to return to the normal lane quickly with a minimal risk of a collision. Failing to slow down may also make you liable as well as the overtaking driver.
  • Avoid swerving - You risk colliding next to the overtaking truck.
  • Do not get angry if someone decides to overtake - This is not a racing game. Play on arcade or Forza if you wish to race.


I hope this guide has been helpful. If you have anything to add or any questions, please comment on this post and I'll try my best to reply.


(i hope the tmp team won't mind me adding this) Please consider reading the guide as the video doesn't cover everything from the guide.


Update: I've kept the guide as short as possible as it does feel quite lengthy. I plan to make a video on overtaking soon.

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Hai dear @Ash_0104


First of all, I woud like to thank you for creating and giving time to this guide. I really appreciate your time to spend on making some helpful guides for others. :tmp:



  • I will be taking this guide as example for others on my stream and will show it to them aswell. This is very useful and hlepful topic. 


Thank you,



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