5 Rules of the Road You Should Know but Probably Don’t

*This is a guest post

When it comes to driving, no one is perfect. We all make countless minor infractions every time we get in a car. But most of these infractions pose no danger to us or other road users and probably go unnoticed. Often people don’t even realize that their actions constituted a traffic violation. These are five rules of the road you should know but probably don’t.

5 Rules of the Road You Should Know but Probably Don’t

The Left Lane is for Passing Other Vehicles

Motorists across the country treat the left lanes on a highway as just like any other lanes. They get into the middle or far left lanes and sit there, regardless of what traffic is doing in the inside two lanes.

This is not what the left lanes are used for. They are for passing other vehicles. Strictly speaking, motorists should only enter these lanes if they need to overtake traffic on the inside lanes, and they should return to the right lane as soon as the traffic clears, and it is safe to do so.

U-Turns Are Legal if There is No Signage Prohibiting It

One of the most common questions motorists ask about the rules of the road is: are u-turns legal? The short answer is yes. You may carry out a u-turn providing you can see at least 200 feet in each direction, it is safe to do so, and there is no signage that specifically prohibits it. In all other scenarios, it is illegal and most likely, highly dangerous.

Turning Your Headlights on When it is Raining

Many states have explicit laws governing the use of headlights in the rain. Most require motorists to have their headlights on any time when their windshield wipers are in use, irrespective of if it is day or night. While not every state requires this, getting into the habit of doing it will ensure you never fall foul of law enforcement. If the wipers on your windshield aren’t working, get a pair of reliable windshield wipers for a safe driving experience. 

Moving Over for Emergency Vehicles

Even if the emergency vehicle is stationary at the side of the road with its lights on, you have to move over and slow down (the only exception to this law in Washington D.C.) If you are on a multi-lane highway, you also have to move over a lane to give the emergency vehicle additional space.

Failure to do this doesn’t just put you in flagrant violation of the law, it poses a significant danger to the brave emergency service providers working to keep our citizens safe. The law protects them from working on busy roads and prevents death and serious injury.

Put Your Phone Down

This isn’t so much a little-known rule, as it is a little-adhered to rule. People up and down the country carry out phone conversations whilst behind the wheel of a car. Driving while on the phone increases your risk of a collision by 400%. There is nothing more important than your personal safety and the safety of those around you. So, keep off your phones whilst behind the wheel and save your conversations for when you arrive at your destination. You don’t want your lovely car ending up in the scrap heap.

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rachel bustin
Thank you for sharing

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