How to Overtake and Change Lanes properly – driving lesson

In this video, we’re going to look at overtaking and changing lanes I’m going to show you how it’s done properly, with good observation while at the same time showing courtesy and respect for other road users Firstly, be very aware of any local signs and road markings in the area For example this road sign here along with these markings will help you to be in the correct position up ahead You must not overtake approaching the brow of a hill or a bend or in any area where your visibility or observation ahead is obstructed or hindered Do not cross the hatched lines as you can see here in the middle of the road or a little further up, don’t cross the continuous white lines either unless for an emergency or in exceptional circumstances You must not overtake or change lanes 15 meters either side of a pedestrian crossing on a two way street and if it’s a one way street you are not permitted to overtake or change lanes 15 meters before or 5 meters after the pedestrian or zebra crossing So once you have established that it is safe and legal you may carry out your overtaking or changing lane maneuver by checking mirrors, indicating checking mirrors again giving a quick side-way glance to make sure everything is okay in the blind spot and then move across gradually double checking mirrors as you do so don’t swerve or make any sharp movements across Let’s have a look at some practical examples now from when I was out driving a couple of weeks ago You will see me overtaking a truck on a motorway but firstly I’ll be changing lanes on a dual carriageway Looking to change lanes so mirrors indicate There’s traffic behind so I must let them go, I want to get into the left lane to go straight No break in traffic so I’m going to slow down before the broken white lines end Okay we’ve got a good samaritan behind us, quick flick of the shoulder looks good and I give him a thank you for that So that was trying to change lanes, actually quite busy I wanted to get across before the broken white lines ended so I slowed down, kept indicator on, quick shoulder check to be sure and gave a quick thank you to the van for letting me across So now I’m driving on a motorway Truck in front, don’t want to overtake yet as there’s a car behind overtaking me I’m letting that car go first, there he goes Mirrors, signal, mirrors again, quick shoulder check, not for long, mainly focusing on mirrors now I’m in the right lane overtaking the truck Giving a bit of juice to get the overtaking over with but not excessively so watching him as I go by I want to go back to left lane but I must see the truck fully in my left side mirror first which I do now Mirrors, indicate and back in then when I fully see the truck in left side mirror I feel it’s safe to move back then just like I moved out gradually I want to move in gradually without cutting across or doing any sharp movements You will have noticed me there giving a quick side way glance or blind spot this is just a quick glance You’re not meant to look behind because you can’t take your eyes off the road for too long take this example here as you can see there is a tree to the left of the car I cannot see that tree in either the middle mirror or the left side mirror but when I give a quick side way glance I can see it through the back passenger window In this example there’s a blue wheelie bin to the left of the parked car I cannot see that bin in my center or left side mirror but when I give a quick side way glance it is clearly visible The blue bin is a particularly good example because that would be the typical height of a pedestrian or a cyclist in the other lane as you are driving along and that’s why we should get a quick blind spot or side-way glance because no matter how good our mirrors are we cannot see everything in the mirrors So that brings us to the end of this video on overtaking and changing lanes thank you very much for watching, i hope you enjoyed it if you did please give it a thumbs up and subscribe for more videos just like this and I’ll see you soon for another video.


  1. Thanks for Very detailed explanation. Why don't you show gear changing and pedals in most of your videos?

  2. Hi, Dane. Is there a specific different between the left and the right blind spot? I think the tester focus more on the right one. but also are they have different angel for example. ???
    Also I was thinking is there a common mistake for the automatic cars drivers?? like applying the handbrake??

  3. 109 likes well deserved, thanks for the vid I've been driving for a while and I'm buying a civic this Saturday but I've struggled a little with those blind spots a little and this video helped alot with that quick glance technique.

  4. sir u have videos of 3 point turn?and side parking?
    coz'i took that lesson'yesterday.i still have'many errors..

  5. My instructor says check mirrors then indicate, check mirrors again, check blind spot then move if safe. So much to process. A 2 hour lesson wears me out, after the first hour I struggle with concentration. I'll get there though. Thanks for videos.

  6. Thank you for this. I already passed my driving exam and have been issued my liscence, but i still watch your videos frequently. 👍

    I still find overtaking a bit scary, especially overtaking huge trucks on the motorway.

  7. A general rule for determining the right time to change lane is exactly the one you explain at 3:16–3:20. But during that moment, beside verbal explanation, you should also provide visual display that shows full appearance of other car behind on the left lane (the truck in this case) in the left side mirror.

  8. Great video!
    If there is a care turning right infront of me, can I overtake him from the left through the BUS LANE ?

  9. I am happy to see the way people of these countries follow rules of the road, show respect to other motorists.

  10. Thank you, you explained that in such a way as I now understand the need to check the blind spots. Which before seem a little excessive.

  11. hi. when driving in a housing estate and there are park cars on the left and you wish to overtake, when coming back into the left after overtaking do you need to indicate to the left? many thanks

  12. Hi Dane, I enjoy all your videos. Would you please tell me what would be the safe gap or distance from the vehicle behind when change lane? Is it safe to slow down or stop when we change lane specially when the lane you drive is going to end?

  13. Dane, thanks for the video.
    What about taking over parked cars in a busy street: should we signal everytime we drive over the middle line just to let a safe distance for the parked cars.
    I have been failed 2 time for the same by a tester, who claimed I should signal left and then right after I returned to my lane.

  14. When you stopped to change the lane on broken line, did you slowdown on second gear? But not completly stopped that go to first gear? Thanks.

  15. Hi Dane, great vedio..
    if u can clarify the right time to signal,,
    1. Mirror , signal, mirror , quick side glance if way is clear change lane Or
    2. mirror , if way is clear , signal , mirror , quick side glance and change lane.
    so shd u signal only if way is clear and just before changing lane OR shd u signal to show ur intention to other road users and wait for the way to be clear , during changing lanes.

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