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Hazard Light Safety | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

When Should I Use My Vehicle’s Hazard Lights?

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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!

Emergency Brake Tips | Avery Greene Honda | Vallejo, CA

How and When You Should Use Your Car’s Emergency Brake

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You use your vehicle’s regular braking system every time you drive, but what about the emergency brake? Let’s take a closer look at how and when you should use this lesser-known — but very important — system.

Lever, pedal, or switch?

In older vehicles, the emergency brake is activated mechanically by pulling up a lever located between the front seats, or by pressing a pedal far to the left of your usual gas, brake, and clutch pedals. However, newer models often have an electronic emergency brake that you use by pulling a small switch on the console.

Perfect for parking

The emergency brake helps keep your vehicle in place when you park (especially when you’re on an incline) and take pressure off your transmission. To use it this way, put your vehicle in neutral, activate the emergency brake, and shift into park. Doing this will also ensure that your emergency braking system gets regular use and will be ready for an actual emergency.

An emergency backup

The emergency brake has less stopping power of regular brakes. However, if your regular brakes fail, you can still use the emergency brake to come to a gradual stop. To do this, pull up gradually on the lever or press down gradually on the pedal. With electronic systems, you may need to repeatedly pull the switch. For more specifics, be sure to check the owner’s manual for your vehicle.

In the best-case scenario, you’ll only ever need to use the emergency brake for parking. To boost peace of mind and decrease the likelihood of any serious brake problems, we recommend bringing your vehicle in for regular inspections here at Avery Greene Honda in Vallejo, California.

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