The technique for passing another vehicle is the same whether you are riding a motorcycle or driving a car.
– First, before passing, you should be two (or more) seconds behind the vehicle you want to pass, and have positioned yourself in the left-hand side of your lane.
– From this position, you have to check oncoming traffic and the road to make sure you have enough distance to pass safely. Don’t even think about overtaking if a corner is coming up.
– If you have room ahead to make the pass, look in your mirrors, turn the signal on, and always look over your shoulder. That head check is essential; somebody in a hot rod might have just pulled into your blind spot, intent on overtaking you. Always remember the head check.
– Everything clear? Move into the left lane and pass the car/truck/buggy/ whatever. Do not crowd close to the vehicle you are passing; you should be more or less in the center of the lane you are passing in.
– Get by this vehicle as quickly as possible, without exceeding the speed limit. If it is a slow moving truck in front, you might want to shift down a gear so you can accelerate more rapidly as you go around it.
– Before returning to your original lane, signal your intention and do a head check to make sure that there is enough room between you and the vehicle you just passed. Ever have someone speed up just after you’ve overtaken them? Hmmmmm!
– Return to your lane, cancel your signal, and proceed merrily along… with care.
Source: Motorcycle Safety Foundation eNews