Dangerous passing

Dangerous truck on a mountain road

Climbing hills on a 2-lane highway with a heavy load can be challenging, especially when there’s a line of traffic behind you. To ensure safety and avoid potential liability, it’s essential to follow these guidelines:

1. Maintain your position in your lane rather than moving onto the paved shoulder to let others pass. While being courteous, moving onto the shoulder can make you partially responsible for any resulting collisions and increase the risk of accidents.

2. Avoid using your lights to signal other drivers to pass you, as this can also make you accountable for any collisions that may occur.

3. If you’re following someone who pulls onto the shoulder or signals you to pass, use your judgment and pass only when you feel it’s safe and comfortable to do so.

4. If another driver passes you in an unsafe manner, reduce your speed slightly to allow them to pass quickly and get out of your way. A slight decrease in speed can make a difference in ensuring everyone’s safety on the road.

By adhering to these principles, we can contribute to safer road conditions and help ensure that everyone arrives home safely.

Don Taylor has been a professional driver since March 1985.  In 1994 he made the jump to driving tractor trailers, and has accumulated over 3.5 million miles, including over 4 years of driving turnpike doubles in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  He is currently hauling flat decks across North America.