Communicating with other drivers while you’re in your car is crucial for keeping everyone safe on the roads. One of the most important tools you have to communicate with other drivers — apart from your turn signals — is your car’s hazard lights.
Unfortunately, not everyone uses their hazard lights correctly here in the Elizabethtown area, so we want to make sure you know what our state’s laws are concerning the proper use of hazard lights while driving.
According to Reader’s Digest, most of the instances you should activate your car’s brightly flashing hazard lights involve your vehicle being at a complete stop, like when you’re on the side of the road changing a flat tire or the engine has overheated and died.
When you shouldn’t be using those lights is when you’re driving in bad weather, driving very slowly, or temporarily pulling over somewhere that you shouldn’t be. Why shouldn’t you use hazard lights in these situations? Because, on most vehicles, the hazard lights override the turn signals, causing them to flash steadily. No one around you can be sure if or when you’re changing lanes or turning. You wind up communicating less information to other drivers, not more!
Here in Kentucky, the law is that you’re allowed to use your car’s hazard lights while your vehicle is in motion. However, that’s not the case in every state you’ll visit. Some states are far stricter on what qualifies as a hazardous or an emergency situation. And even some states outlaw any use of these flashing lights while you’re driving.
So, if you do choose to activate your car’s hazard lights here in Kentucky in a snowstorm or spring rainstorm, keep in mind that other vehicles may not know how to act around you. We at Hardin County Honda want to make sure that you stay safe while driving in Elizabethtown, so make sure that you make sure your car is always in good, working condition.