How to Pass Safely

Passing - Florida Permit Test

Learn how to pass safely and when passing is not allowed.

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Passing can be very dangerous and there are steps to follow to safely pass.

There are situations where passing is not allowed and passing would be extra dangerous.

Review the guides below on Passing Safely and When is Passing Not Permitted and watch the videos. Then we recommend you take the Practice Test on Passing to determine if you understand the topic.


Passing Guidelines


Passing can be very dangerous and there are steps to follow to safely pass.

Note: It is against the law to speed to pass you must stay within the speed limit when passing.

It’s very dangerous to pass more than one vehicle at a time.

Here are the Steps to Pass Safely:

  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle you're passing. If too close then you will not be able to see ahead.
  • Check your mirrors and blind spots to make sure there's plenty of room to pass.
  • You must be able to return to the right lane if a vehicle is coming in the opposite direction (towards you) and gets within 200 feet of you.
  • Turn on your left signal to alert other cars you are going to pass.
  • As you enter the left lane to pass tap your horn during the day or flash your lights at night.
  • Return to the right lane when you can see the front tires of the car you just passed in your rear view mirror.
  • Turn on your right turn signal to let other vehicles know you are returning to the right lane.

Being Passed
If you are being passed do not increase your speed. Move to the right side of your lane to give the other driver more room and a better view.

Cars Changing Lanes
If a vehicle ahead of you is trying to change lanes and get in front of your vehicle you should slow down and make room for them if necessary.


There are situations where passing is not allowed and passing would be extra dangerous.

Do not pass within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct, railroad crossing, intersection, or tunnel.

No Passing Zone
A "No Passing Zone" sign indicates you are entering a no passing zone.

Going Around Curves
Curved roads may be marked with a sign such as Right Curve, Double Curve, Winding Roads, or Sharp Right Turn. In all these situations passing is not permitted.

Passing on the Right
Passing on the right is only permitted when passing on a highway with 2 or more lanes.

Pulling off the Road
Do not pull off the road on the right to pass - it’s against the law.

Single Solid Line
Do not pass on a single solid line.

Double Sided Solid Line
Do not pass on a double sided solid line such as a double yellow line.

Hills and Curves
Do not pass on hills and curves if you can’t see 500 feet ahead.

School Bus
Do not pass a School Bus with a stop sign out.

Crosswalk
Do not pass at a crosswalk when a another vehicle is stopped letting a pedestrian cross the road.

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