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Q. Just a quick question to help me identify best practices for driver safety at our next safety briefing with my drivers:

Passing on the left vs. passing on the right…could you give us some insight on this topic?

Thank you,
JP – Safety Director

A. Thank you for the question.

When preparing to overtake another vehicle on the roadway, the immediate thought is always to pass on the left. This is not only common practice, but it is the law in several states throughout the US.

Passing on the right can be very dangerous as many drivers make lane changes without signaling and unfortunately without checking their mirrors.

Best practice: drive in the right lane, pass on the left…return to the right lane as soon as possible. Being a courteous driver and using all of the available information when making decisions behind the wheel will help you arrive safely at your next destination.

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