New research has suggested the majority of motorists on the road have felt unsafe at some time as a result of someone attempting to overtake.

The study conducted by road safety charity Brake in conjunction with Direct Line insurance found that an alarming 80 per cent of drivers have felt endangered by an overtaking manoeuvre either they, their driver or another motorist has undertaken.

Nearly all drivers questioned said they had witnessed an overtaking manoeuvre they deemed to be risky, and 53 per cent had seen one such incident on at least a monthly basis.

Nearly one-fifth (18 per cent) of drivers admitted to overtaking despite being uncertain of whether there were drivers or other hazards on the road.

The issue is most prevalent among young male drivers, with 39 per cent of 17 to 24 year olds admitting to overtaking when they were unsure if the road ahead was clear or not.

Deputy chief executive of Brake Julie Townsend said: “Overtaking on single carriageway country roads is a huge risk, and one that ultimately just isn’t worth it.”

The Department for Transport (DfT) states that riders should never overtake when approaching a bend, junction, at a lay-by, pedestrian crossings, on hills or dips in the road and where there are double lines or other signs that the manoeuvre is prohibited.

According to statistics issued by the DfT, overtaking is one of the five most common reasons for bikers to be involved in a collision.

Overtaking can be dangerous as you are unaware how someone may react to it. Although you assume they will slow down to let you in, this is not always the case.

If you’re riding in a group, it’s important to do only what is right and safe for you. Just because someone overtakes, it doesn’t mean you should or have to.

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