Passing Lanes
Passing Lanes

You must judge whether you have enough space to pass whenever you approach:
  • An oncoming vehicle or bicyclist.
  • A hill, curve, intersection, or road obstruction. To safely pass, the hill or curve should be at least one-third of a mile ahead.
Before you pass, look ahead for road conditions that may cause other vehicles to move into your lane.

Do not pass:
  • If you are approaching a hill or curve and cannot see if other traffic is approaching. This is very dangerous on one and two lane roads.
  • Within 100 feet of an intersection, bridge, tunnel, railroad crossing, or other hazardous area.
  • At crossroads and driveways.
  • Unless you have enough space to return to your lane.
How to Pass

When you are going to pass on an open highway:
  • Signal that you plan on passing.
  • Look over your shoulder to check your blind spots.
  • Drive into the passing lane.
  • Speed up to pass the vehicle.
  • Signal and return to your original lane.
You may pass on the right only when:
  • An open highway has two or more lanes going in your direction.
  • The driver ahead of you is turning left and you can safely pass on the right. Never pass on the left if the driver is signaling a left turn.
  • You are on a one-way street.
Never drive off the paved or main-traveled part of the road to pass.

Being Passed

If a vehicle is passing you or signals that they plan on passing, allow the vehicle to pass. Maintain your lane position and your speed.