Keeping Left & Overtaking

In Western Australia and Australia, all vehicles drive on the left side of the road.
   

Driving on the left

We understand that if you are not used to driving on the left, it may take you some time to adjust, so tape a note on your dashboard to remind you to keep left.

When approaching an intersection or making turns, take extra care to stay on the left hand side of the road.

On multi-lane roads you may only drive in the right-hand lane if:

  • You are overtaking.
  • The left lane is a special purpose lane (bus, cycle).
  • You’re avoiding an obstruction.
Overtaking

There are risks when overtaking other vehicles, so only overtake when it is safe to do so.  If you are not sure, wait.
  • You must not cross single continuous dividing lines or continuous dividing lines on your side of broken lines or double continuous dividing lines, to overtake another vehicle.
  • You must not exceed the speed limit to overtake.

Overtaking safely:

  • Have a clear view of the road ahead.
  • Make sure you have enough time and space to pass the vehicle and return to the correct side of the road.
  • Check for other vehicles in your rear-view mirror and your blind spots before overtaking.
  • Indicate before you pull out to overtake.
  • You must keep to the speed limit when overtaking another vehicle.
  • Make sure you are safely past the vehicle you have overtaken and indicate before returning to the correct side of the road.
When you are being overtaken, move to the left to allow plenty of space and do not increase your speed or drive in a way that prevents the vehicle from overtaking you.

WA is home to some of the largest trucks in the world known as ‘road trains’ (they can be up to 60m long), which require great care when overtaking:
  • You need a long straight stretch of road that is clear as far as you can see.
  • Be aware that it may take some time to overtake one of these long trucks.
  • Take your time and stay back several car lengths.
  • When it is safe to pass, indicate, move over the centre lane and overtake.
If you are towing a caravan or trailer it is best not to try and overtake at all. Wait for an overtaking lane, where it is safe to do so.
 

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