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Passing on a two
lane highway

When you need to use the oncoming lane
to pass on a two lane highway, observe
the following rules, and remember that
exceeding the speed limit is illegal.
• Ride in the left portion of your lane
   to increase the distance you can
   see ahead.
• Maintain a minimum two second
   following distance until you are ready
   to pass.
• Check ahead for oncoming traffic to
   ensure you have enough space and
   time to complete the pass safely.
• Check your mirrors for traffic to the rear.
• Do a shoulder check to the left to
   ensure that no one is attempting to
   pass you.
• Turn on your left signal light and use an
   arm signal.
• Check ahead again for oncoming traffic.
• Check that you still have the space and
   time necessary to complete the pass.
• Move into the oncoming lane to pass
   the vehicle.
• Before returning to your lane, be sure
   you can see the front of the vehicle
   you have passed in your right rear
   view mirror.
• Do a shoulder check over your right
   shoulder to be sure there is enough
   space for you in front of the vehicle.
• Signal and move back into your
   travel lane.

Being passed

When a vehicle is passing you on a two lane
highway, maintain a constant speed and

lane position. It is illegal and hazardous to
increase your speed when being passed.

If the vehicle passing you needs
to return quickly to your lane to avoid
oncoming traffic or an obstacle, you may
need to reduce your speed and move to
the right. Assist the passing vehicle to have
room to return to the lane safely. Return to
the left portion of your lane after the vehicle
has completed the pass.

 


 Move to the right portion of the lane when 
 another vehicle needs assistance to pass you.

TIPS AND REMINDERS
 
Here are some tips and reminders to
reduce your risk of being in a collision:
• Be visible to other motorists by riding in
   the safest lane and lane position possible.
• Be aware of your surroundings and
   other motorists.
• Use your turn signals and brake light
   to communicate your intentions to
   other drivers and riders.
• Use hand signals to increase the
   likelihood that you will be seen.
• Maintain a space cushion of at least
   two to three seconds when following
   another vehicle.
• Maintain a proper space cushion
   all around you as you ride.
• Scan your path of travel at least 12
   seconds ahead in urban areas, and 20
   to 25 seconds ahead in rural areas.
• Identify potential hazards and take
   action, such as reducing speed or
   changing lanes, to avoid or reduce risk.


40 A Rider's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

 

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