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Passing Safely

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It is equally important to know when not to pass as well as when to pass. Collisions resulting from improper passing are often fatal since the impact force is great in this type of collision.

The decision as to whether or not to pass another vehicle is determined by the judgment and attitude of the driver. Be patient. Passing is not a game. Learn the following passing rules well and practice them each time you con- sider passing another vehicle.

  1. Stay well back from vehicle ahead for better sight distance. Check rear vision mirror. Signal left turn to left lane.
  2. Check well ahead for no passing zone and oncoming vehicles. Do not swing out across center line for a look.
  3. Sound your horn to warn the driver ahead of your intention to pass.
  4. Pass on left at a safe distance and do not return to right lane until safely clear of overtaken vehicle.
  5. Signal right turn to return to right lane. Be sure to cancel signal light.

Do not pass:

  1. On the right shoulder of the highway.
  2. On approaching a hill or curve where there is not sufficient clear view ahead.
  3. Unless the pass can be completed without interfering with the safety of oncoming vehicles and before solid yellow line appears in your traffic lane.
  • When being passed it is unlawful to increase your speed.
  1. If the solid yellow line is in your lane.
  2. A school bus when its red flashing lights are operating and the stop arm is extended.
  3. When approaching within 100 feet of or when traversing an intersection or railroad crossing, or when approaching within 100 feet of a posted narrow bridge, viaduct, or
  • Center lanes are reserved for left turns only. You may not use a center lane for passing.
  • The end of a “no passing zone” does not mean it is safe to pass. It means there is increased visibility ahead.

Stops Required

  1. Stop sign — stop behind the crosswalk, at painted stop line or behind the intersecting highway shoulder line. Yield to traffic before entering.
  2. Red flashing light — stop, then proceed when the way is clear and it is safe to do so.
  3. Railroad crossing gate or flag person — stop until crossing gates are raised or until flag person discontinues signal.
  4. Red light — stop when traffic signal facing you is red.
  5. Yield right of way sign — yield, and stop if necessary for traffic approaching an intersection or for a pedestrian.
  6. Entering highway — stop and yield to traffic when entering highway from driveway, building, or alley.
  7. School bus — stop when red flashing lights are in operation and stop arm is extended. Drivers meeting and following bus must stop.
  8. Uncontrolled intersection — stop when signals are not working.