The number one rule for driving in bad weather conditions is to slow down. The vehicle needs more time to come to a halt when a person is driving in bad weather conditions due to wet roads and low visibility.
A:A turnabout, roundabout or rotary is a continuously moving traffic circle that flows in one direction and serves as an intersection for two or more roads. Vehicles enter a turnabout by yielding to oncoming traffic, as moving vehicles in a traffic circle have the right of way.
A:Improper lane usage is defined by the state of Illinois as driving a vehicle in any way other than what is practically possible within a single lane of traffic and not moving out of that lane until the driver has determined that the move can be safely made without hampering the operation of other vehicles. This is considered a moving violation punishable by a fine.
A:People need to wear seat belts and insist that any passengers in the car do so as well because wearing them saves lives in the event of an accident. Another important reason for wearing them is that the law requires it, and there are legal consequences for not doing so.
A:While parking laws vary from city to city, most state that drivers must park within 12 inches of the curb with both tires parallel to the curb when parking on the street. Failure to do so often results in a citation, especially in areas that are heavily patrolled.
A:According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, solid, parallel yellow lines indicate that vehicles are not allowed to pass. Vehicles are prohibited from driving on the left side of these double solid lines.
A:The number of feet a driver must park away from an intersection varies depending on state and local laws. For example, the City of St. Paul, Minn., states that drivers must park at least 30 feet from an intersection with a stop sign or stop light.
A:According to the California Department of Transportation, the minimum fine for misuse of the carpool lane, also known as the "HOV" or "High Occupancy Vehicle" lane, is $481 as of 2014. Although no maximum fine is listed, it's suggested that most fines will be at or near the minimum amount.
A:All children who are under 5 years old or weigh less than 40 pounds must be seated in the back seat of the car if the car has passenger-side airbags. However, if the child's car seat is airbag-compatible, then the child can be seated in the front seat.
A:If you get caught speeding in a construction zone, in most states, the fine is double the fine for the speeding offense had it not occurred in a construction zone. In some states, a predetermined dollar amount is applied to a construction-zone speeding ticket. In others, jail time may be required.
A:The initial effective date of seat belt legislation varies according to the state. New York was the first to make seat belts a legal requirement for adults and non-infant passengers on Dec. 1, 1984. Other states followed over the next 10 years with Maine becoming the last state on Dec. 26, 1995.
A:The color scheme of traffic lights is the result of borrowing from railroad signaling schemes of the time, according to Mental Floss. The first traffic lights were green and red, and amber later became the third color to provide a buffer between the "stop" and "proceed" signals. This was to prevent accidents due to sudden light changes as well as to allow the policemen time to switch the lights manually.
A:A yellow line divides traffic flow in opposite directions, and motors are not allowed to cross the line, according to New York Safety Council. The same rule applies to double yellow lines, but motorists can cross under certain circumstances, such as when making left turns out of driveways.
A:Traffic laws are determined at the state level and vary from state to state. For example, as of 2014 in Minnesota, vehicles cannot park within 20 feet of a crosswalk. Local traffic laws are published in a driver's manual available through each state's Department of Motor Vehicles.
A:A red yield indicates that a driver must prepare to come to a full stop and yield to pedestrians and vehicles with the right-of-way if either are present, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. If neither is present, the driver may proceed without stopping.
A:Although rules vary according to the municipality, in most places drivers must park a minimum of 15 feet away from either side of the fire hydrant or face a penalty. A parked vehicle owned by the fire department and clearly marked may be parked nearer to a fire hydrant.
A:A delayed green light means that traffic stopped on one side of an intersection with a traffic signal get the green light to proceed prior to the traffic on opposite side of the intersection. Traffic on both sides get a green light; the delay just means that one side moves prior to the other.
A:Many state and city laws prohibit parking within 30 feet of stop signs, such as in the law detailed by the Ohio Revised Code Laws and Rules. A similar law can be found in the Michigan Vehicle Code, which applies the same standard to traffic-control signal and flashing stop signs.
A:Cops may follow drivers for as long as they wish without pulling them over. They must have probable cause to pull a vehicle over, such as for speeding, a broken tail light or failure to obey a traffic signal.