Dangerous Passing in the Early Morning

As we were driving southwards, at the very start of the morning rush hour, this road sweeper went by in the opposite direction, kicking up a cloud of thick dust.

Photo of a pavement sweeper in a long construction zone.
A slow-moving road sweeper — perhaps doing 15-20mph — triggered some drivers to dangerously overtake it illegally, on double yellow lines.  (Copyright image, 2018.)

The road work zone it was cleaning, before the morning’s construction had even begun, was very lengthy so it was easy to feel sorry for the drivers stuck behind the sweeper.

However, it was impossible to feel sorry for those drivers who very dangerously and illegally overtook the sweeper on sections of double yellow center lines — something we witnessed both before and after this photograph was taken.

The moral of this tale is never to drive as though your own side of the road is bound to be clear around the next bend or over the next hillcrest.  You never know when you will meet an impatient driver recklessly passing a slow moving or broken-down vehicle.

On our ADoNA defensive and advanced driving courses, we teach corporate drivers how to wisely assess safe speeds to stay much safer in relation to unexpected dangers and the foolhardiness of other drivers.


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Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

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