Info on Passing

Every time you attempt to pass another vehicle, you increase the risk of something going wrong. When you need to pass another vehicle, you should do so safely. Avoid making any unnecessary lane changes.

When should you change lanes? When the car in front of you is moving too slow. When you must change lanes to avoid an accident, or to give greater space to emergency responders, broken down vehicles, or construction crews. You will obviously want to change lanes when you are intending to exit the expressway.

Rules of passing:

  • Position your vehicle 2-3 seconds behind the vehicle to be passed.
  • Check mirrors and oncoming traffic. Don’t forget to look over your shoulder to account for blind spots
  • Accelerate quickly and move to the passing lane.
  • Focus on the path ahead.
  • Check for following vehicles, and for vehicles coming from the opposite direction.
  • Signal your intention and move back into the lane ahead of the vehicle you have just passed, leaving a 2-3 second space cushion between your two vehicles.

Keep in Mind:

  • Never drive faster than the flow of traffic.
  • Never drive over the speed limit especially when passing someone.
  • Never drive at an unsafe speed. Generally, speeds 10 miles or more over the speed limit may mean a reckless driving citation if you are caught.
  • Pass only on the left side. Passing on the right is permitted to avoid a hazard.
  • When passing a bicycle do not pass nearer than 3 feet.
  • When passing a motorcycle, do not crowd into the motorcyclist’s lane, but slow down and give it plenty of room without leaving your own lane.
  • Do not pass where prohibited by signs or local law.
  • Do not pass a vehicle which has stopped for a pedestrian to cross.
  • You must signal your intent to pass or turn at least 100 feet before turning or changing lanes.
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