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Old 02-04-2009, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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If you are the guy who was driving his XL 7 up Independence with your hazards on, I have some information for you. Hazards are not to be used when you are driving at 55 miles an hour on a day with clear visibility. Also, when you are using your hazards you can't use your turn signals so don't give anyone a dirty look if they don't "let you in".
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:06 AM
 
Location: The 12th State
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I dont know whate state this is a habit from? I only notice it around the Charlotte area I didnt notice it last week was I was in the triangle during all that rain and I grew up here and it wasnt done til I moved to the Charlotte area.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:13 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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The first time I saw this was in Ohio in the 80s during a heavy rainstorm.
People do it around Charlotte all the time, and I have no idea why - it is a stupid idea.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Way up high
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I only put my hazards on during a severe rain storm. Tons of other drivers did it in Fl as well.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:17 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Hazard lights are sometimes used in the mountains when there is horrible fog and people have slowed down to 25 or so mph on curvy roads. I have used them when I was driving on I-70 in Missouri w/ torrential hail and rain (edge of tornado system) and no one was moving over 20 mph - until we could get off the interstate and get on a side road. I think there is a place for hazard lights - well, uh - HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS, hee hee. I can't imagine why someone who is moving over 30 or so would be using hazard lights. People are stupid. Pass the word.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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You can use your hazards when in a funeral procession or if your car is defunct in some way that requires you to warn other drivers that you are nowhere near going as fast as you should be going on the road. Otherwise, the hazards are for when you are broken down on the side of the road.

This is no my opinion, this is fact. I don't want to use the term "expert" lightly, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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Hazard lights are sometimes used in the mountains when there is horrible fog and people have slowed down to 25 or so mph on curvy roads. I have used them when I was driving on I-70 in Missouri w/ torrential hail and rain (edge of tornado system) and no one was moving over 20 mph - until we could get off the interstate and get on a side road. I think there is a place for hazard lights - well, uh - HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS, hee hee. I can't imagine why someone who is moving over 30 or so would be using hazard lights. People are stupid. Pass the word.
Yep, that's the only situation where I've used them also. Also, when driving a truck up hill in the mountains since you can't always accelerate that fast. The first time I heard of that was on the move out here, my husband was driving the rental truck and I was behind him, couldn't figure out why he had the hazards on!
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Old 02-04-2009, 06:38 PM
 
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Last time I did that was on I-77 in a torrential downpour to let the trucks know that I was only going 50mph, not 80 like they were.
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Old 02-05-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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If a car is driving during the day with their hazards on, they may be having car trouble. I personally have had my hazards on while trying to get to a mechanic and feared that I may lose speed or abruptly stall. If you are behind a car with hazards, stay well back.
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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I've seen a few drivers do it when they were tearing down the road at like 90. I felt like it was almost like saying "Oh I have an 'emergency' - that's why I am going so fast." Riiiigggghhhhttt.
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