Many serious crashes on South Africa roads are caused by dangerous overtaking. Overtaking is dangerous especially if you have to change your path of travel or enter a lane or part of the road used by oncoming vehicles. To safely overtake another vehicle, you need to be extremely careful:
If you do decide to overtake, follow these rules. Before you overtake:
When it is safe to do so, you can only overtake on the left when:
At all other times, when you are overtaking, you must overtake on the right. Don't drive on verge or shoulder or to the left of the yellow edge line overtake on the left.
Take extra care, and leave extra room, when overtaking cyclists, horses or pedestrians, as the wind gust of your vehicle could affect their balance.
On some road sections it is prohibited to overtake. Road markings and signs that regulate this include solid white lines (see No Overtaking Lines below), painted traffic islands (see No Overtaking Island below) and prohibition signs (see No Overtaking Cars&Trucks below).
No-overtaking road markings and signs are typically in place because it's unsafe to cross the centre line. Additionally, no-overtaking lines may be in place because there is already an overtaking lane on your side of the road and you must use that to overtake.
You must not overtake another vehicle if it means you have to cross over a no-overtaking line on your side of the centre line, even in areas where oncoming traffic is allowed to overtake.
Overtaking can be unsafe and illegal also in the following situations. Do not overtake any vehicle:
You may overtake at a no-overtaking line if: