Can you overtake on the right if another vehicle is traveling at a lower speed?

Deepak Gupta July 20, 2022
Updated 2022/07/20 at 3:07 PM

Anyone on the road has certainly seen hilarious situations. Some of them are certainly due to “chico-espertice”, but there will certainly be others that are due to lack of knowledge.

What to do when you are driving on a highway in the right lane and find a vehicle on the central lane that is traveling at a lower speed? Can you overtake on the right without committing an offence?

Overtake on the right on the highways. It's possible?

Those who drive on highways have certainly noticed that some drivers overtake in the right lane. Even when the other vehicle is traveling at a low speed, does this serve as a reason to overtake on the right?

In a publication on Facebook by the Portuguese Road Prevention, it is mentioned that:

  • Firstly, for safety reasons, you cannot overtake on the right.
  • Drivers traveling on the central lane may, at any time, return to the right lane without looking in the mirror, or, if they feel in danger, they will tend to return to the right lane in an unpredictable and sudden way.
  • To pass properly, you must pass to the central lane and then to the left lane, always signaling the manoeuvre.

After all, who is committing an infraction?

On highway:

  • Whoever circulates improperly on the middle road is committing a very serious offence;
  • Anyone who overtakes on the right is also committing a very serious offence.

Overtaking, as well as maneuvers to change direction or traffic lanes, reversing and reversing, obeys the general principle which is based on the fact that the driver can only carry out in a place and in such a way that it does not result in danger or embarrassment for traffic and other road users. Did you know, for example, that it is prohibited to overtake a vehicle that is overtaking a third party?

The Highway Code can be consulted online here. Any questions or concerns leave it in the comments.

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