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VI. Overtaking

Chapter 6: Vehicles in Motion

Overtaking

Making a trip means passing in front of a vehicle traveling in the same direction and on the same part of the public road as us.

Overtaking should only be considered with regard to moving vehicles , these are vehicles which participate in traffic .

Not considered excess

  • Passing in front of a vehicle not participating in traffic (vehicle stopped, parked or immobilized) involves going alongside it, going around it.
  • The fact that a driver who complies with the directional gates passes in front of another.
  • The fact that a driver who complies with the selection arrows passes in front of another.
  • The driver who complies with the choice of traffic lane in built-up areas.
  • The driver who complies with the choice of lane in the event of density and his lane advances faster than the others.
  • Overtaking is done on the left
  • Overtaking can be done  from the right if the driver you want to overtake wants to turn left or park his vehicle on the left and has moved to the left. 

Precautions before overtaking

  • Make sure that you can do this without danger and that the way is clear for a sufficient distance to avoid any risk of accident.
  • Make sure no one has started to pass you by looking in the rearview mirror.
  • Make sure that you can get back on the right without hindering and that you can overtake in a very short time.

Execution of overtaking

  • Announce your maneuver with the indicator (even when overtaking a bicycle).
 
  • Move far enough to the left.
  • Keep sufficient lateral distance between your vehicle and the one you are overtaking.
  • Keep a distance of 1 m from bicycles and mopeds and 1.5 m outside built-up areas .
  • Once offset, turn off the indicator while maintaining your speed.
  • When you have passed, look in the rearview mirror and the blind spot.
  • Blink and return to your right seat

On a one-way road, successive overtaking is authorized (you can overtake several vehicles at the same time).

  • On a one-way road, successive overtaking is authorized (you can overtake several vehicles at the same time).

The driver who is overtaken:

  • Must tighten the right,
  • Cannot accelerate.

If the roadway is not wide enough:

  • The driver can use the shoulder on the same level as long as he does not endanger the users there.
  • It is prohibited to ride on the sidewalk, the cycle path or the overhanging shoulder.

Motorcyclists who go back in line in the event of slow traffic can travel between the two left lanes on the motorway and motorway.

Overtaking rail vehicles using the roadway is done on the right , whether these vehicles are moving or stopped for boarding or disembarking passengers.

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Chapitre 1: La réglementation