Getting stuck behind a waiting bus can be tricky. The Highway Code advises you to give priority to buses signalling to pull off from a bus stop. However, if the bus is not signalling right, it could be there for ages and if you don’t overtake, drivers behind you may become frustrated and try to pass you and the bus.
When you are travelling behind a bus and can see a bus stop ahead, try to predict how long the bus will wait there before deciding whether it’s worth overtaking. Is there anyone waiting to get on or is it stopping to let someone off? Who is waiting to get on? Is it a mum with a pushchair? If you do end up waiting behind a bus, make sure you stop far enough back to see past it. Perhaps it hasn’t stopped at a bus stop at all but is waiting at traffic lights or giving way behind a parked car. How embarrassing and dangerous if you tried to overtake then.
Bus drivers are trained to be aware that motorists might try to overtake them unsafely and often leave their right indicators flashing while waiting in queues, to encourage traffic to stay behind – so pay attention to their signals. If you decide to overtake, do so slowly because passengers often get off buses and then cross the road immediately in front of them.