How often does it occur that you drive through a rainstorm? Now, there’s a difference between driving in the rain and driving through a torrential down pour that beams down so hard you can’t see one foot in front of your windshield. I’m a master of driving through these hurricane like conditions and to be honest with you – it scares the living daylights out of me. I’m from Florida, so these conditions can creep up at any moment of the day. Whether i’m watching a movie on a Sunday afternoon or driving home from the beach on a Saturday evening.
As this down pour occurs, drivers will react differently to the dangerous conditions. You have your “rain warriors” who will tough it out no matter how bad the storm is, there are the “side of the roaders” who pull off to the side of the road until the rain eases up and of course, there are the “hazard light drivers,” those who drive at 10mph with their hazard lights flashing. If you consider yourself a “hazard light driver” or know someone who it, please read on.
If you weren’t aware, there are several laws and rules about using your hazard lights. I wasn’t aware either. When using your hazard lights:
DO have them on when pulled over on the side of the road.
DO have them on when the vehicle is being used for a funeral procession.
Now for the don’ts:
DON’T use them when driving in the rain. This is illegal and makes it difficult for other drivers to see if you are braking or using your turn signal.
DON’T use them if you have to drive slowly. According to Florida law, hazard lights are for stopped vehicles only.
How do you feel about driving with hazard lights in the rain? Does it help or hurt?