Although passing a vehicle may seem like common sense, at CollisonMax we have seen countless auto body damages caused from customers attempting to pass another vehicle. The following is a refresher on the art of passing.
“Don’t you just hate them – those slow-poke lane hogs who squat in the left lane, oblivious to the world around them? They completely ignore the law’s decree, “The left lane is for passing and the right lane is for cruising. Thou shalt not cruise in the left lane.”
By blocking other motorists, the left-lane dawdler causes traffic to back up unnaturally; other drivers then angrily jockey for position and typically are forced into making a passing attempt in the right lane to get around the left lane lover. Passing on the right is
dangerous and illegal in most situations. So the careful solution is to signal the other driver from a safe distance (don’t tailgate!) by flashing your headlights and hope he has the courtesy to move into the right lane.
Doing it Right on the Left
You’re ready to make your move and pass that car in front of you. First things first… check your mirrors for other cars and signal your lane change. Make sure no vehicle is passing you or is close behind in the left lane. Don’t rely solely on your mirrors when preparing to change lanes. Even properly adjusted mirrors on some vehicles will leave blind spots behind you on both sides. If a vehicle is in the blind spot, you may not see it, increasing the chance of auto collisions. Always glance over your shoulder before changing lanes or passing.
When passing, move completely into the left lane. Make sure you can see the front bumper of the vehicle you just passed in your mirrors before returning to the right lane. Glance quickly over your right shoulder to double-check that you can see at least several feet of pavement between your vehicle and the one you passed. Then return to the right lane.
It’s Your Right
You should always try to pass on the left, but passing on the right is allowed when the vehicle ahead of you is making a left turn. It is also permitted when you are driving on a one-way road that has two or more lanes and passing is not restricted by signs.