Highway Passing Lane Do’s and Don’ts

When you’re traveling throughout Missouri, chances are you’ll find yourself on a multi-lane highway at one point or another. There are specific rules for how to operate your vehicle on these roads. For example, you shouldn’t speed, use your cell phone, and you should always adapt to road conditions. As far as Missouri law goes, the most widely abused highway rule is driving in the fast lane for an extended period of time.

Interstate 44 in Springfield, Missouri

There is a correct way to use the fast lane, and that is for passing. Here are the Do’s and Don’ts for passing a vehicle in the fast lane.

Highway DO’s

  • Maintain a safe speed.
  • Check your mirrors!
  • Let drivers know what you are doing by signaling properly for lane changes.
  • Accelerate slightly faster than the car you are going to be passing.
  • While passing the vehicle, maintain your lane.
  • Once you have passed the vehicle, return to your rightful lane.
  • Give the other vehicle space while switching lanes to pass them.

Highway DON’ts

  • NEVER excessively speed in the passing lane.
  • NEVER pass someone in unsafe weather conditions, on a hill, at a curve, in an intersection, or when your line of sight is restricted.
  • Avoid switching lanes last minute, there should be two car lengths between you and the vehicle you will be switching lanes to pass.
  • Refrain from engaging in distracting activity while on the highway.
  • Avoid passing someone if a vehicle ahead has indicated that they are changing lanes or are at or near the speed limit.
  • NEVER remain in the passing lane after you’ve successfully passed the vehicle. Driving in the fast lane for an excessive period of time is more than likely going to get you a ticket.

Safe driving procedure is crucial when traveling along a multi-lane highway, but most drivers will say it’s simple to just pass someone correctly. And of course it is! However, typically it’s something “simple” that causes highway traffic crashes, which can often result in serious injuries and even fatality. Remember to always buckle up and be aware of the many factors around you, and as always… Drive safe!