When are you supposed to use hazard lights? I was under the impression the answer was:
Any time there is a unique limitation to your vehicle’s operation that may pose a hazard to other motorists.
It has come to my attention that the State of Florida (and perhaps others) have, as law:
Only when parked.
This flummoxed me! I was reminded of the advantages of hazard operation this night: I was transporting a 1"X4’X8’ Glass table top, with matching glass-and-brass legs…a real Boogie Nights setup. I was following the new owner thereof, slowly, as he served as “pilot car,” making especially careful turns (well clamped to the “A” frame, but ya never know…)
So, some FnF wannabe slides in between the two vehicles and acts a fool…until deciding to ZOOM around and make the right turn 1/8 mile onward. This is a PERFECT example where both of us “should have” used hazards: not only would it have communicated a “unique limitation to vehicle operation…”, it would have identified us as a convoy, probably saving FnF, and us, some stress.
Additional cases where I’ve used hazards: transporting passenger in open pickup (unique limitation of 35MPH, regardless of PSL), ascending a hill, heavy and slow. Heck my state has AS LAW to use hazards <40 MPH (written when the PSL was 55…so realsitically, use 'em @ PSL-15.)
Finally, USPS delivery drivers are REQUIRED to run with flashers on while delivering, meaning that they cannot comply with both federal and FL state laws simultaneously?!?
What say you? When can you use hazards? When do you? When should you?