Always keep an eye out for drivers who try to pass cars one at a time if they are stuck in a long queue —they are dangerous. Sometimes the second or third driver in the queue may try to charge past all those in front of him in one go.
If you are about to overtake a slow-moving vehicle in front of you and there is a tail of traffic behind you, check the rear view mirror even more carefully for queue jumpers.
Many accidents occur when drivers overtake near a junction or an entry/ exit point for a garage or car park. However, you should always be looking out for vehicles pulling out and you should not overtake until you are clear past a junction.
Watch out for the driver who pulls out to overtake a slower vehicle near a junction – only to have it turn right across in front of him without signalling. A right-hand signal can also be misinterpreted as an overtaking signal when actually the vehicle is about to slow down and turn right.
If you are in a long queue of vehicles with a slow-moving leader, watch out for drivers attempting to force their way up the line, jumping past one vehicle at a time. The queue has to either break or bunch up, and if they don’t the vehicle gets squeezed out.
Motorways and dual carriageways solve most overtaking problems but they do provide problems of their own. Vehicles travel at high speed, especially on motorways, and drivers may pull out to overtake without checking their mirrors.
Most dangerous of all are the (fortunately disappearing) stretches of three-lane road with a centre overtaking lane. Be especially wary of these roads, as many head-on accidents occur in the centre lane through misjudgement.