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Rules Regarding Hazard Lights Can Vary

During the first few years of working as a truck driving professional, new recruits will learn a lot about sophisticated equipment. The truck driver of the 21st century, however, is not only schooled in Department of Transportation rules and regulations. There are plenty of “street” rules that are learned as well.  Streets rules pertain to those unique habits of drivers in the transportation business.

One of the more common new driver questions is when and where to use hazard lights. There are plenty of examples of usage out on the road. Truck drivers will almost always turn their flashers on when they are going below the posted speed limit. This is known as a street rule. Interestingly enough, the laws on hazard lights actually vary from state to state. What that means is that what you see in one area, may not be that common in another. For that reason, it is extremely important to understand when and how to make best use of your lights, and the rules of the road.

Here is a convenient list, offered by AAA, that highlights hazard light rules for each state:

  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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