Hazard Lights

Does it really accomplish anything to turn on your hazard lights when you stop your car in a no-parking zone for loading and unloading? It seems like it would have all the legal force of crossing your fingers on the witness stand.

2 thoughts on “Hazard Lights

  1. nostra16

    It does draw attention to your unusual and unpredictable position. More of a “watch out!” than a “oh oh, something wrong here…”, but it works.

    In French, hazard lights are literally called “warning lights”, and in the driving code they are met to “warn other drivers of your non-regular position. They do not legit your position, but not setting them in such circumstances can aggravate your offence”.

    Drawing attention on your hazardous position can never be a bad thing, or can it?

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    1. Kelson Post author

      I suppose — but I’ve mainly seen them where someone is parked in a fire lane or in front of a fire hydrant. Normal traffic isn’t going to hit them, and if there’s anything behind the car, it looks like they’re signaling to move out into the street.

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