Safe overtaking advice


Accident compensation claims are often made because a careless driver has failed to take the necessary precautions before making an overtaking manoeuvre, and has caused a car accident as a result. Learning how to overtake safely yourself not only makes you a safer driver, but it can also make you more aware of the mistakes made by others.

It is important to give other vehicles plenty of space when overtaking them in case they are forced to make any sudden movements. In addition to this it is always wise to execute an overtaking manoeuvre in one slow controlled action, signalling early and avoiding any sudden actions which in any case means you are not doing so safely.

Below are simple rules for overtaking safely on the road.

Before you overtake

  • Ensure that the road ahead of you is clear

  • Check that there are no vehicles trying to overtake you

  • Check that there is enough space in front of the vehicle you are overtaking, so you can pull back in

  • Don't drive too close to the vehicle you want to overtake, otherwise this may block your view of the road ahead

  • Start indicating early, so that the vehicles behind are prepared for your manoeuvre

The overtaking manoeuvre

  • Once you have checked your mirrors and your blind spot, move out cautiously

  • If the vehicle in front is also overtaking, do not follow right behind it, wait for him to complete his manoeuvre first

  • Once you have started to overtake, do so as quickly as possible and move back to the left as soon as it is safe to do so

  • If overtaking cyclists, motorbikes or horses, always give them the same amount of room that you would to any vehicles

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim. Please give us a call on 02392 484 244 , and one of our experienced claims advisors will be happy to assist you.


No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a like-for-like replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a like-for-like replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury