Why you should never use your hazard lights while driving

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Why you should never use your hazard lights while driving

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A metro Atlanta police department is advising drivers to not use hazard lights while driving, even in the rain.

In Georgia, the use of hazard lights is permitted while driving statewide.

But the Johns Creek Police Department put out a call to Facebook urging drivers to not use their hazard lights while driving.

Traffic Law TuesdayDo you use your Hazard Lights in the rain?  Using your hazard lights while driving is illegal in...

Posted by Johns Creek Police Department on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Johns Creek police warned that using hazard lights may actually signal to other drivers that you are stopped or stalled on the road. Hazard lights can reduce the ability to see if the vehicles ahead are braking and confuse other drivers.

Hazard lights also "turn off your ability to use your turn signals," the police department wrote in its Jan. 5 post.

How Not to Use Your Hazard Lights

Instead of using hazard lights while driving, consider not driving at all until road conditions improve, the police department advises.

"If you cannot see, pull over to a safe place and wait (until) driving conditions are better," the department wrote. "Your flashers should only be used while your vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadway or shoulder. This is a sign for emergency services that someone is in need of assistance."

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