How to use hazard lights correctly

Are you using your hazard lights correctly?

How to use hazard lights correctly

Everyday we use our vehicle’s many tools and technologies to communicate with other drivers. From your turn signals to your hazard lights, your vehicle is packed with the tools you need on the road. However, maybe one of the most frequently misused technologies is hazard lights. We have seen too many drivers use their hazard lights to park in places with a no-parking sign while they wait for their friend. So when should you use your hazard lights? We have the inside scoop here.

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When can I use my hazard lights?

It’s important to use your hazard lights only when it’s appropriate. Hazard lights are not an excuse to break the law. Here is when you should use your hazard lights:

    • Loading or unloading zones
      Hazard lights are never an excuse to break the law. It’s important to use hazards when parking in an unloading or unloading zone, but hazards can’t be used to park in a posted no-parking zone. You can still get a ticket.

      • Emergencies
        This can cover a range of things. If you’re vehicle is having problems or someone in the vehicle is experiencing a medical emergency, it’s a good idea to put on your hazard lights and get to the side of the road safely.
      • Funeral procession
        It’s always important to use your hazards in this situation because it communicates to other drivers who aren’t in the procession what is happening. This will prevent the procession from getting interrupted by unsuspecting drivers.

So what should you do if you encounter a vehicle on the side of the road with its hazards on? It’s important to give the vehicle as much space as possible. If you can change lanes, do so. The more space you can give the driver the better. This is especially important because you never know when someone might exit that vehicle. That’s where space is your friend.

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