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Is it legal to pass on the right in Washington?

Is it ever ok to pass on the right?

We see this issue arise a lot in our daily driving. You’re on a two lane road – one lane in each direction – and the car in front of you is turning left. Traffic is heavy and so you’re stuck waiting for them to complete their left turn. Can you legally sneak over to the right to get around the turning vehicle in front of you?

Yes, you can, but in limited circumstances:

  1. The car you are passing must be making a left turn, AND
  2. The paved roadway must be wide enough for two lines of vehicles, AND
  3. You must be on the roadway – not the shoulder.

Want to read more?
Rules for overtaking on the right.
What is a roadway?

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