Pull over: (of a vehicle or its driver) to move to the side of the road in order to stop or let something pass

pull off | pull off something: (of a vehicle or its driver) to leave the road in order to stop for a short time

So, When talking about "driving", are "pull off" & "pull over" almost the same?

What are the differences between "pull off" & "pull over"?


pull off
pull over

are similar. When you pull over you are usually along the road you were previously traveling on. In fact the colloquial phrase

to be pulled over

usually means to be stopped by the police


to pull off a highway

is to leave the main roadway, usually by an exit ramp, it does not imply slowing down and stopping as being pulled over might

On a long driving trip you might pull over by first pulling off the highway to find accommodations.

Your last usage

to pull off something

has a completely different meaning which is to accomplish a difficult task which doesn't necessarily have any relationship to its meaning for driving.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.