Passing on a Two Lane Road

I have never been a fan of crossing the lines to the other side of the road to pass someone, but sometimes you get stuck behind some old person who refuses to use the gas pedal or a large truck and just have to make that move.

My dad taught me that before you cross the lines, back off the vehicle you are trying to pass. In the case of a truck if you are right on his bumper you can not see what who is coming from the other direction. To me this just seems like common sense, but I can not tell you how often I see someone tailgating the slow moving vehicle.

Then when they change lanes they sometime find themselves with not enough room to pass because of oncoming traffic or you find yourself going slow and need to now start speeding up to make you pass. This second situation leaves you over the line for a long period of time.

By backing off the vehicle be it truck or small car, not only can you see the oncoming traffic but you now have some room to build up speed before you cross into oncoming traffic. This allows you to be on the wrong side of the road for the least amount of time making it safer for you and everyone around you.

Recently I saw a car trying to pass a buss and the driver crossed the lines blindly and the person who was behind him speed up after he crossed over leaving him no room to come back and a car was coming up fast and the driver had to go off the road on the left side to avoid killing everyone. At that point everyone slammed on the breaks and thank god no one got into an accident.

But the guy who nearly caused the accident actually got out of his car yelling at the other drivers, like it was their fault he tried to pass without looking. I was a few cars back so I did not get yelled at by this maniac, but what an asshole.


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