Passing on a two
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
Maintain a minimum two second
following distance until you are ready
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
Turn on your left signal light and use an
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
Before returning to your lane, be sure
you can see the front of the vehicle
you have passed in your right rear
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
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
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
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.