Your vehicle’s hazard lights are designed to help you in an emergency, but when should you use them? Here’s a quick guide to situations where you’ll need to activate your hazard lights — and when you won’t.

When to turn on hazard lights

Generally, you’ll need to use your hazard lights for situations when you’re pulled off to the side of the road:

  • After you’re in a collision
  • When you have a breakdown
  • When you’re changing a tire

When a police vehicle pulls you over, you should turn on your hazard lights to communicate to the officer that you’ll pull off to the side as soon as possible. And if you’re driving in a funeral procession, you’ll probably be asked to turn on your hazard lights then as well.

When to leave hazard lights off

According to California state law, you can’t use hazard lights while driving except in an emergency. So avoid using them in other situations, like:

  • When you’re driving in bad weather (if you’re worried about visibility, it’s best to pull over somewhere)
  • When you’re driving more slowly than usual
  • When you’re parked illegally (which you shouldn’t do at all, lights or no lights)

Other states may have different hazard-light laws, so inform yourself about those if you plan to drive outside California soon.

To reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to use your hazard lights, be sure to stay current on maintenance for your vehicle. Need to get caught up? Contact our team of service experts here at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo!