Buick LESABRE 1998 Owner Manual

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Passing

The driver of a vehicle about to pass another on a two-lane highway waits forjust the right moment. accelerates. moves around the vehicle ahead, then goes baclt into the right lane again. A simple maneuver‘?J

Not necessarily! Passing another vehicle on it twc~lane highway is a potentially dangerous move. since the passing vehicle occupies the same lane an oncoming traffic for several seconds. A ntiscalculation. an error in judgment. or a brief surrender to frustration or anger can suddeuly put the passing driver face to face with the worst of all traffic accidents v- the headwon collision.

So here are some tips for passing:

0 ”Drive ahead.“ book down the road. to the sides and to crossroads for situations that might affect your passing patterns, it you have any doulat whatsoever about making a successful pass. wait for a better tinte.

I Watch for traffic signs. pavement markings and lines. If you can see a sign up ahead that might indicate a turn or an intersection. delay your pass. A broken center line usually indicates it‘s all right to pass {providing the road ahead is clear}. Never cross a solid line on your side of the lane or a double solid line. even if the road seems empty of approaching traffic.

I Do not get too close to the vehicle you want to

pass while you're awaiting an opportunity. For one thing. following too closely reduces your area of vision. especially if you're following a larger vehicle. Mao. you won‘t have adequate space if the vehicle ahead suddenly slows or stops. Keep back a reasonable distance.

When it looks like a chance to pass is coming up. start to accelerate but stay in the right. lane and don't get too close. Tune your move so you will be increasing speed as the time comes to move into the other lane. If the way is clear to pass, you will have a "running start" that more than makes up for the distance you would lose by dropping back. And if something happens to cause you to cancel your pass. you need only slow down and drop back again and wait for another opportunity.

If other cars are lined up to pass a slow vehicle. wait your turn. But take care that someone isn‘t trying to pass you as you pull out to pass the slow vehicle. Remember to glance over your shoulder and check lhe blind spot.

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