How to Keep Right Except to Pass

A simple solution for solving one of the top causes of traffic problems. This article is suitable for North American driving.

Steps

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    Remain in the right lane (even if travelling 'fast') until you approach another vehicle at a safe following distance.
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    Check your blind spot - if a vehicle is approaching on your left at a higher rate of speed than you, be courteous and yield to them.
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    Activate the left turn signal.
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    Change lanes.
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    Deactivate your turn signal.
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    You may have to accelerate to pass in a timely manner, avoid driving parallel to other vehicles.
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    After overtaking the other vehicle(s), activate the right turn signal and return to rightmost through lane.
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    Deactivate your turn signal.

Tips

  • Show some courtesy to other drivers; someday it may be you who needs the courtesy shown back.
  • Pay attention at all times. The other drivers may not be - at least you can be aware.
  • Do not use a cellphone while driving - many studies have proven that such usage decreases your ability to concentrate to a level that prevents you from concentrating adequately on the traffic. Many accidents are induced by cellphone usage.
  • Anticipate. If you are aware of what other drivers are doing, you will be better placed to anticipate some of their moves, including moving out without using an indicator or suddenly slowing down.

Warnings

  • Failure to comply with this "Rule of the Road" can result in any or possibly all of the following:
    • getting "tailgated"
    • getting "cut off"
    • getting "brake checked"
    • getting followed
    • getting assaulted

Article Info

Categories: Driving Basics