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MODULE 8: Changing positions

Lesson 2 with Quiz : Passing

It is common to pass another vehicle while driving. It is necessary to pass in order to keep traffic flowing smoothly, particularly when approaching slower vehicles or driving on multilane highways

Although passing is an everyday part of driving, it still requires careful planning, adhering to traffic laws, and being aware of the potential risks.

Module 8: Lesson 2


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If another vehicle is coming up behind you and wants to pass, what should you do?

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You must not make a passing manoeuvre within what distance of a pedestrian crossing?

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You should not make a passing manoeuvre unless…?

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You must never pass a moving…?

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When passing a motorcyclist or cyclist, you should use…?

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If someone is passing you in the oncoming traffic lane, you should…?

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If a vehicle you are trying to pass accelerates as you do so, what should you do?

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If you want to make a pass, you should make sure there is plenty of room in the passing lane…?

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When you have made a pass, you should not move back into the original line until you can see what in your inside mirror?

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You must not cross the centreline of the road if you are what distance from a bridge, tunnel or viaduct?

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 This exploration will explore the different aspects of driving while passing. We’ll look at the safety aspects, the legal implications, and the recommended practices.

Why is it passing?

Passing while driving has several causes, all of which contribute to road safety and efficiency.

  • Passing Slower Moving Vehicles: The primary reason for passing slower moving vehicles is to pass them. It is important to maintain a constant flow of traffic and prevent congestion.
  • Navigation Multilane Roads Passing is common on roads that have multiple lanes. Vehicles move between slower and faster lanes. It allows for a variety of speeds to be accommodated and drivers can choose the lanes they prefer.
  • Overcoming Obstacles and Hazards: It may be necessary for drivers to pass obstacles on the road in order to avoid hazards or obstacles, like a stuck vehicle, construction, or debris. The maneuver allows drivers to adjust their driving to maintain a safe journey.

Safety Concerns

Safety considerations are paramount in order to avoid accidents and protect all road users.

  • Sightlines and Visibility: A good line of sight is essential for safe driving. The driver should have an unobstructed line of vision to the oncoming traffic and ensure that they do not have blind spots, which could hinder them from assessing the road ahead.
  • Maintaining Safe Following Distances: It is important to keep a safe distance in front of the vehicle you are trying to overtake before you attempt to pass. It gives you plenty of room to react to sudden changes in the traffic situation.
  • Turn Signals: It is important to use turn signals correctly to convey your intentions to the other driver. By activating your turn signals well before the vehicle passes, you alert drivers in the rear and front. This reduces the chance of accidents and surprises.
  • Blind Spot Checking: Before initiating any pass, drivers should always check for blind spots. Blind spots can be defined as areas that are hidden by a car’s mirrors. They may also hide vehicles. Blind spots can reduce the chance of an unintentional accident.
  • Respecting Speed Limits: It is important to maintain a safe passing speed. The speed limit should be adhered to by drivers. They must also avoid any aggressive maneuvers that could endanger them and other road users.

The Legal Aspects Of Crossing any care

Traffic laws regulate passing while driving. Adherence to the laws is crucial for safety as well as legal compliance.

  • Solid Lines and Dashed Lines: Many roads are marked with dashed and solid lines that indicate if passing is permitted. Solid lines are used to indicate areas where passing may not be allowed. Dashed lines show that it is safe for drivers to pass.
  • Zones No Passing: These zones prohibit passing due to a number of factors, such as poor visibility, hills, intersections or limited visibility. To prevent accidents, drivers must adhere to these zones and follow traffic laws.
  • Signs and Traffic Signals: Traffic signals and signs are crucial in providing information on passing laws. Signs indicating merging lanes or passing lanes should be observed by drivers.
  • Violations can have legal consequences. These include fines, penalties on the driver’s licence, and even suspension of a license in extreme cases. To avoid any legal consequences, it is important that drivers are aware and follow the passing laws.

Best Practices to Pass

Drivers can improve their safety and effectiveness while passing by by following recommended practices. These contribute to a harmonious traffic environment.

  • Prepare Ahead. Planning ahead and anticipating the need to overtake helps reduce the risk of drivers making rash decisions.
  • Have Patience: The ability to be patient is essential for safe overtaking. Avoid impulsive actions driven by frustration, and instead wait until the right opportunity arises to pass slower cars.
  • Determine Traffic Conditions Drivers can make informed decisions by assessing the overall traffic condition, such as density and obstacles.
  • Passing Lanes: If you are driving along a road with passing lanes designated, make sure to use them properly. They are there to help drivers safely overtake, so they should be used when necessary.

Driving on two-lane Lane Roads

Due to the limited maneuvering options, passing on two-lane highways requires extra caution.

  • Select Safe Passing Areas: Determine safe zones that have good visibility. For example, straight roads without oncoming traffic and obstacles. Avoid driving near intersections or curves.
  • Beware of Oncoming Traffic. Drivers must check for oncoming traffic before passing. Passing on narrow roads requires caution and good visibility.
  • Communicate clearly: On two-lane highways, clear communication is essential. By indicating your intentions in advance, you alert other drivers and reduce the chance of accidents.

Overtaking on Multilane Roads

Drivers must exercise caution when passing on roads with multiple lanes.

  • Keep to designated lanes. Avoid weaving in and out of lanes when merging or passing. It helps to maintain predictable traffic flow and decreases collision risk.
  • Anticipate Lane Changes: Know the intentions of your fellow drivers and be prepared for lane changes. Before moving to a new lane, signal clearly and make sure you check your blind spots.
  • Adjust speed appropriately: While passing on roads with multiple lanes, adjust your speed to the traffic conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

Commercial Vehicles Passing

When passing larger vehicles, such as buses or trucks, you need to pay special attention.

  • Keep Visibility. Bigger vehicles can have bigger blind spots. Avoid lingering on these blindspots and pass at a speed that is efficient.
  • Don’t Cut Off Commercial Vehicles: Allow commercial vehicles plenty of space to pass after you have passed. This will prevent them from being cut off. Larger vehicles need more space to stop, and abrupt lane changes are dangerous.
  • Wind Effects: When passing large vehicles, smaller vehicles may be exposed to the wind. Passing commercial vehicles, maintain control and prepare for possible turbulence.

Passing In Rural And Urban Setting

Drivers must be able to adapt to both rural and urban environments.

  • Rural settings: In rural environments, such factors as wildlife and narrow roads can affect passing. Be cautious, particularly on curvy roads. Prepare for any unexpected obstacles.
  • Urban Setting: The traffic density and intersections in urban settings require greater attention. To navigate through an urban environment safely, you should be cautious and follow speed limits.


Passing while driving is an important maneuver, but it requires the right balance of efficiency and safety.