left bend
junction on bend
Junction on Bend

Highway Code Rule 166

No overtaking

DO NOT overtake if there is any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe. For example, when you are approaching:

  • a corner or bend
  • a hump bridge
  • the brow of a hill
right bend


The camber of a road is the angle at which the road normally slopes away from the centre to help drainage.

Adverse camber

adverse camber

Here the road slopes downwards towards the outside of the corner and the forces acting on your vehicle could cause it to leave the road more easily than on a normal corner.

Positioning on bends


Left-hand bends

Keep to the centre of your lane as you approach.

Don't move to the centre of the road to improve your view round the bend. This could put you too close to oncoming traffic and a vehicle coming the other way might be taking the bend wide.

Right-hand bends

Keep to the left to improve your view of the road, but don't let a clear fiew tempt you to enter the bend at too great a speed.

Driving: The Essential Skills pg 130

The secret of dealing with bends is to make sure that

  • your speed is at its lowest before you start the turn
  • you use the accelerator so that the engine is doing just enough work to drive the vehicle round the bend without going faster.

Too much acceleration can cause the wheels to lose their grip and skid, resulting in the vehicle swinging off course. This is particularly true on rear-wheel drive vehicles.

Only increase your speed after you have straightened as you leave the bend.

Make sure you select the correct gear before you enter the bend. You need both hands on the steering wheel as you're turning

Driving: The Essential Skills pg 134