When should you use your car’s hazard lights?
Your vehicle has a variety of tools and equipment to help keep you and others safe. Hazard lights are just one of the many. However, when is the appropriate time to use it? There are a variety of situations when you should and shouldn’t use your hazard lights.
Is it legal to use your hazard lights in a no-parking zone?
No, when there’s a posted sign forbidding parking, having your hazard lights on doesn’t make it okay. Unfortunately, we see people use their hazard lights inappropriately everyday. So when should you use it?
Maybe before we dive in, it’s important to remember that if you are ever in a situation where you have vehicle problems, are involved in an accident, or are experiencing a medical emergency to get your vehicle safely to the side of the road. In addition, it’s often safer to stay in your vehicle while you wait for help than to exit.
- Loading and unloading zones
If you are in this zone, then it’s a good idea to use your hazard lights to communicate that people will be moving to and from the vehicle.
- Stationary vehicle
In the event that your vehicle has any issue and you can’t safely move it, put your hazards on so drivers around you know to give your space.
- Emergency situation
Whether you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency or otherwise, it’s a good idea to use your hazard lights.
- Funeral procession
Using your lights in this situation is important because it communicates to drivers who are not in the procession what is happening.
Hazard lights truly are an important tool to have no matter where your journey takes you. It’s an easy way to communicate to drivers so they know to give you space on the road. What safety technology do you use everyday in your vehicle? Rear-view camera, blind-spot monitoring or something else? Let us know in the comments below!