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8. Rules of the Road

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16. Overtaking & Passing (cont.)

In addition to not passing when signs prohibit it, it is particularly dangerous to pass when:

  • you must pass a long line of slow moving or stopped vehicles
  • the vehicle ahead has indicated an intention to turn or stop
  • when the vehicle you are passing has stopped or slowed significantly for a reason that is not apparent to you
  • oncoming cars are too close
  • you cannot complete the passing maneuver before you reach a no passing zone
  • you encounter a school bus with flashing red lights
  • you suspect that the road surface ahead may change abruptly

  • The adequacy of the space you have to pass must be judged in terms of:

  • oncoming cars
  • hills or curves ahead
  • intersections ahead
  • road obstructions

  • It is dangerous to pass another vehicle in areas where there may be cross traffic such as near an intersection because your view and that of the driver crossing are both at least partially obstructed.

    Assessing whether you can safely pass includes:

  • identifying that there is a safe distance to complete the pass
  • making sure there is a traffic gap so as to complete the pass
  • assessing the potential for an unseen hazard to appear

  • It is against the law to pass when your view of the road ahead is obstructed and when within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct, or tunnel.

    The steps for safe passing are to:

  • scan for oncoming vehicles, vehicles approaching from the rear who may be intent on passing you, and merging vehicles,
  • check your blind spots
  • signal your intent to pass
  • obtain a speed advantage
  • re-check conditions ahead
  • create a return space
  • signal return
  • merge back into the original lane

  • When passing, look ahead for changing lane conditions which may be signaled by:

  • pedestrians or bicyclists near roadway
  • narrow bridge
  • obstructions
  • changes in road conditions (ice, water, etc.)

  • When you are being passed by another vehicle, you should either:

  • maintain your speed
  • yield by slowing or changing lanes, or moving to the far-right hand portion of the road, if necessary and safe

  • Lesson Summary


    Lesson 8 Quiz

    You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

    You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

    1. Entering an intersection before you can safely cross through it, and blocking it:


    2. You must use your turn signal


    3. A right-turn-on-red can be made, at a red arrow:


    4. The minimum speed limit in California is:


    5. In California, changing lanes in the middle of an intersection:



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