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Passing on a Two-Lane Road: A Basic Guide

Last updated 5 years ago

Passing on a two-lane road always carries the risk of a head-on collision; however, there are times when the maneuver comes in handy. The following tips from Chicagoland’s top driving school can help you understand how and when to safely pass a slow-moving vehicle on a two-lane road:  

Look for an Opportunity

Hills, curves, trees, dips, and adverse weather conditions can all limit your view of oncoming traffic. You should avoid passing on a two-lane road when your vision is obscured, as it will put you at greater risk for a collision. You should also look to the road markings for guidance—for example, a dotted line means it’s okay to pass.

Signal Early

Communicating with other drivers can reduce your risk of getting into an accident while passing. You should signal your intent to pass at least five seconds before you make your move. This five-second period will give nearby drivers plenty of time to adjust their speed before you change lanes.

Build Speed

Your vehicle should be traveling 15 mph faster than the lead car as you pass. This passing speed allows you overtake the lead car and quickly slip back into the proper lane. Since you should not be exceeding a reasonable speed at any point, the car you are passing should be traveling close to 15 mph below the speed limit

Stay Cautious

Since the human eye is a poor judge of speed, you shouldn’t take any chances when passing on a two-lane road. You should always let oncoming cars pass by instead of trying to make a quick lane change. Attempting to beat another driver will only increase the risk of collision.  

Two-lane passing is just one of many techniques you can learn from Top Driver. Our expert instructors and detailed curriculum has helped us graduate over 100,000 students. Call us at (888) 471-5418 to learn more about how our classes can improve your driving skills.


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