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Based on the 2024 Driver Handbook

True or False: You may exceed the speed limit when passing another vehicle.

True or False: You may exceed the speed limit when passing another vehicle.

  1. True.
  2. False.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 


This question, or a similar one, may show up on your driver’s license written exam. 

The answer is: B. False.

Did you get it right? Learn more about this answer below. 

Explanation: Speeds when passing.

In order to pass your DMV exams and to become a safe driver, it’s important to know the reason why a particular answer on the written test is correct. 

False. You may NOT exceed the posted speed limit at any time, including when you are passing another vehicle. 

If completing the pass requires you to drive over the speed limit, then the maneuver is not safe or you do not need to pass.

Slow down and drive within the speed limit and the speed that is appropriate for current conditions. 

Passing other vehicles at too high of speeds can increase the risk of collisions. 

Regardless of what you are trying to do, you are required to obey the maximum speed limit at all times. 

Driving too fast for the current conditions or driving over the speed limit will result in a speeding ticket, fines, and points on your driving record.

You can find more information about this topic in the section about speed limits and passing in your driver’s handbook.

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