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Posted: 07/28/21 07:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dedmiston wrote:

Hopefully all of us are manually flipping on our headlights as muscle memory when we start the engine and buckle up, daytime or nighttime.


I didn't use to , but I have now for a few years . It took awhile to remember when I start out, and there is still times I forget . Big problem with these new cars ,and trucks now is we don't have to even turn on our lights they come on automatic. Many never touch their light switch .

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Posted: 07/28/21 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Alabama: The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.

Alaska: The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.

Arizona: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in an emergency situation.

Arkansas: Hazard light usage is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

California: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

Connecticut: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.

Delaware: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

District of Columbia: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Florida: The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.

Georgia: The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.

Hawaii: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.

Idaho: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.

Illinois: The use of hazard lights is not permitted while driving.

Indiana: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.

Iowa: The use of hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

Kansas: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.

Kentucky: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Louisiana: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.

Maine: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving unless to indicate a traffic hazard.

Maryland: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.

Massachusetts: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.

Michigan: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Minnesota: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

Mississippi: Hazard light usage is permitted while driving.

Missouri: Hazard light usage is permitted while driving.

Montana: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

Nebraska: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Nevada: Hazard light usage is not permitted while driving.

New Hampshire: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

New Jersey: The use of hazard lights is permitted while driving.

New Mexico: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.

New York: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.

North Carolina: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.

North Dakota: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.

Ohio: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except when a hazardous condition is present.

Oklahoma: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations and to indicate a traffic hazard.

Oregon: Hazard light use is permitted while driving unless otherwise posted.

Pennsylvania: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Rhode Island: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving.

South Carolina: Hazard lights may be used while driving for the purpose of warning the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.

South Dakota: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Tennessee: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.

Texas: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Utah: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Vermont: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.

Virginia: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except for emergency vehicles, stopped or slowed vehicles to indicate a traffic hazard, when traveling as part of a funeral procession, or traveling slower than 30 mph.

Washington: Hazard light use is not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard.

West Virginia: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except in emergency situations.

Wisconsin: Hazard lights are not permitted while driving except to indicate a traffic hazard or when a hazardous condition is present.

Wyoming: Hazard light use is permitted while driving.


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That was a sad accident. Unfortunately, I think that is exactly what it is. An accident. My condolences to the loved ones of the lost and those injured.

Isn't there a reason they're called "Hazard Lights"? I always assumed you would use them if a hazardous condition existed.

Law or no law, if I think I am in a hazardous situation to either my vehicle or others, I'm going to use them. I think that IF it ever came to court, one question you would be asked is "Did you turn on your hazard lights as a warning to other vehicles?". I'd rather say "Yes" than open up the can of worms by answering "No". And while I sort of understand the intent of not putting them on in low visibility so someone doesn't follow behind you, I have a problem with that logic. IF they could see your hazard lights, wouldn't they then be able to determine IF you were moving, slowing down or stopped. If they needed to, they might be able to swerve out of the way. Without any lights on, they might not see you until the last minute, or not at all. If they can't see the road, they might not even know they're in the break-down lane. I say put the lights on as a warning and get as far off the road as is safely possible. And if you have it in you, saying a prayer or two might not hurt either! [emoticon]

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Florida repealed the hazard light law effective July 1st, replacing it with a law permitting use of hazard lights while driving in low visibility situations on highways with speed limits of 55 or higher.

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I always enjoy going past a semi truck that has the hazards on and then the truck pulls out in front of me. Effectively no turn signals is a hazard. Please do not lane change until the hazard has been eliminated.


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JRscooby wrote:



Decades and millions of miles of driving, and the only time things ever went from can see to drive 50, to can't see at all, was when I had a headlight issue. There have been times when rain increased to the point I hope I'm on the shoulder.
IMHO, for anybody to say "I must go, even when I can't see because a idiot might not see me stopped" takes a special kind of stupid.
Now often trucks do hit, driving to fast for conditions. But normally the change in conditions is traction, not visibility


Well, all I can say is case closed. If Scoob hasn't experienced it, it must not exist. And apparently never been rear ended by a vehicle that couldn't stop as fast as you could either.....
PS I must be dreaming everytime a white out gust blows though during a winter storm reducing visibility from ok to zero, in less than a second.
Good grief....
He!!, driving the wife's car in traffic, if it's time to get on the binders, I'm 99% worried about someone rear ending my car, not the other way around. With 20 Brembo brake pistons, almost 12" wide sticky tires and a trans that will rip downshifts in 16 milliseconds gear after gear, I'm far more likely to get hit by anyone following me than not stopping in time for the car in front of me.


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I don't know what sandstorms are like.

Here in SW MN if there are going to be whiteout conditions in the winter it is announced on the TV and radio ahead of time.

That's not to say that there can't be a temporary whiteout conditions on a windy day as you pass a snowbank on the side of the road. In those conditions it's best to just take your foot off of the gas and keep going until you get past it.

But, a sandstorm caused by a thunderstorm would be hard to predict I bet.

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