Request Your Free Consultation

Our team is standing by to help. Call us at (800) 561-4887 or complete this form to schedule a free consultation with us.

Submitting this form does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Click for Your FREE Case Review Click for Your FREE Case Review

California Motor Vehicle Code 21661

Narrow Roadways

If you are driving on a narrow roadway, you must be aware of other drivers, and yield to them for safety. California Vehicle Code 21661 states that the driver traveling downhill must pull over and allow the driver driving up hill to pass. If there is no room for you to pull over, you must backup enough so the driver facing uphill has room to pass.

A narrow roadway is one that is not designed to allow two cars to pass each other safely. These roads are usually private drives, or rural roads where there is not enough room to widen the road to allow for two cars.

If you are going downhill, you must pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so, to allow the approaching car to pass safely. The car traveling downhill is in a better position to pull over than the one traveling uphill. The driver going downhill can see farther, has a better vantage point to see where there is a safe spot to pull over, and will be able to pull back safely onto the roadway when safe. The car facing downhill also has more control of their vehicle when backing up to allow for safe passage. The car going uphill does not have these advantages.

If there is enough room for the approaching car to pass safely, you do not need to pull completely off the road. Just pull over and give the ascending vehicle enough safe distance to pass. The ascending vehicle should have at three-fourths of the roadway available to them.

Recreational vehicles and larger trucks are usually not allowed on narrow roads. They cannot safely backup to allow other cars to pass. Be sure to check with your local authorities if you are unsure whether your RV is allowed to drive on rural roads.

Client Appreciation

Read About Our Raffle!

All Bisnar Chase clients have a chance to win a Samsung tablet, Disneyland tickets, or a $200 amazon gift card every quarter.

FAQs about personal injury

FAQs About Car Accident Injuries

Some of the most frequently asked questions about car accidents and the experience of hiring a lawyer.

Personal Injury Resources

Resources for Personal Injury

A compiled list of resources for those who need to know more about personal injury law.

Bisnar Chase books on personal injury

Personal Injury Books

Books by Bisnar Chase to keep people informed about personal injury. Accident victims can get a free copy!

Was This Page Helpful? Yes | No

See All Ratings And Awards

Have a question that wasn't answered here?

Call Us!

(800) 561-4887

Fill Out Our

Contact Form