Every so often, it’s worth reminding users of something very important: do not turn your hazard lights on during rainy weather, no matter how severe the storm might be. To illustrate its dangers, a Wink News article recently reported that the improper use of hazard lights may have contributed to a crash in Estero that resulted in six people being transported to the hospital. The cause is believed to be a vehicle in the center lane with its hazard lights on.
Again, even if the weather looks like a hurricane has touched down in Florida, it remains against the law to drive in the rain with hazard lights on. With some vehicles, using hazard lights means that other drivers cannot see the brake lights, potentially increasing the chances of an accident. For drivers that are worried about remaining safe in such dangerous conditions, it may be a better idea to use the nearest exit to get off of the road and find a safe place to stop driving.
The only time drivers are allowed to use hazard lights in Florida is if their vehicle is stalled on the road or the side of the road due to reasons like a malfunction or the vehicle becoming disabled. These lights indicate that there is an emergency. The one exception to this is when drivers are part of a funeral procession.
For more information, visit https://www.winknews.com/2020/01/30/florida-law-dictates-hazard-lights-are-only-for-emergencies-not-severe-weather/.
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