A survey by Brake, the road safety charity, has revealed the extent of dangerous and risky overtaking on country roads.

According to the research, 94% of drivers surveyed said that they had witnessed a risky overtaking manoeuvre, with one in seven reporting that they have been forced to swerve, pull over or brake to avoid a collision due to another driver’s dangerous overtaking within the last year.

One in five drivers admitted that they have overtaken another vehicle without being certain the road ahead was clear of vehicles or hazards, and four in five drivers have felt endangered by an overtaking manoeuvre in the past year.

The survey found that young drivers and men were most likely to admit to dangerously overtaking.

Helen Williams, a senior road accident solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office, said: “These latest figures make for uncomfortable reading when we consider the serious dangers posed by overtaking on narrow, windy, single track roads.

“Speeding on the wrong side of the road to overtake a slower vehicle is incredibly dangerous and poses a real threat to drivers and other road users. Drivers must take full responsibility for their actions and avoid dangerous and risky overtaking manoeuvres at all costs or risk being involved in a serious accident.”