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Keeping left, merging, overtaking and safe distances

Weaving in and out of traffic? Find out what is and isn’t allowed.

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Rules for keeping left, merging and overtaking

There are all sorts of reasons why you might need to merge or change lanes. You could be overtaking another car, switching lanes to prepare for a turn, or entering a freeway. In this section, we cover the key things you need to know to stay safe.

The summaries RACV provide on Victorian road rules are based on the Victorian Road Safety Road Rules 2017. We make sure to reference the exact rule where possible. When reading, keep in mind that we’re providing general information, not legal advice. If you’re looking for specific questions on any legal matter, consult with a lawyer for help.