Attempting to pass another vehicle creates a risk of a car accident for yourself and others on the road. Unless passing is completely necessary because of a slow-moving vehicle in front, avoid making unnecessary traffic maneuvers or continuously changing lanes or passing other vehicles. The following are a few rules for passing another vehicle you should keep in mind to stay safe on the road.
- When it is necessary to pass, the law requires you to only pass on the left (using the left lane). Only pass on the right when absolutely necessary to avoid a traffic hazard and only when it is safe to do so.
- When passing a motorcycle, remember to give the bikers the same full land width as other vehicles. Never drive in the same lane as the motorcyclist.
- The law requires you to signal at least 100 feet before changing lanes.
- Before attempting to pass on a two-lane road, check pavement markings and signs to be sure it is legal to pass.
- If another vehicle is attempting to pass you, be courteous by slowing down a bit and allowing them to safely pass.
- Check your mirrors and look over your should to be sure traffic is clear before attempting to pass.
When Passing is Illegal
A DO NOT PASS sign is on the roadway.
- The center line on the roadway is a double solid yellow line or there is a solid yellow line on your side.
- Passing a vehicle traveling at or above the posted speed limit. In order to pass, you would have to go at least 10-15 miles per hour faster.
- There is not enough time to pass the vehicle in front of you and return safely to your lane before confronting oncoming traffic within 200 feet of your vehicle.
- You are within 100 feet of a bridge or railroad crossing.
- You are behind a school bus that is loading or unloading children.
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