Most people understand that it is illegal to drive without having car insurance. They are also aware of the fact that you are prohibited from driving while talking or texting on a handheld device. Additionally, it is common knowledge that driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. The list, of course, goes on.
However, there are certain types of driving behaviors that are not as well known.
Insurance folks offer you 13 facts that drivers should be aware of. Many of these can result in an expensive ticket, potentially followed by a significant increase in your car insurance bill.
Beware of drivers …
Did you know
• In states like New Jersey, Arkansas, and others, it is illegal to drive when you are tired.
• Many US states do not allow drivers to slow down while in the right passing lane.
• Several US states do not allow drivers to use headphones while driving a vehicle.
• Unless you equip your golf cart with headlights, tuning signals along with other required add-ons that state law requires for city driving, you cannot drive it anywhere other than the golf course or your private property.
• Although you can target sheer talent, it is illegal to simultaneously drive your car and watch a DVD movie.
• Do not attempt to get out of your vehicle if you have been stopped by a traffic law officer, unless instructed to do so. This illegal act can cause the police to put handcuffs on you.
• Most American states don’t allow you to drive a car without a bumper (and the excuse for the collision that caused it doesn’t help, even if you claim you’re just driving to the auto mechanic – the body shop!).
• Anyone who keeps a dog, cat or other type of pet inside a moving vehicle without a restraint system faces a traffic ticket.
• Many states in the United States have passed the acclaimed “Move Over” law that prohibits an emergency vehicle and requires drivers to deviate from their path.
• In many states, it is illegal to keep the turn signal on if it is not turning – quite troublesome for forgetful people who don’t remember that it may still be on after the turn!
• High beams are intended as a visual aid for cars on unpopulated country roads. If you have them on when there is traffic, you will not only miss the vision of other drivers, you will be liable for a fine!
• Applying cosmetics or performing any other act of grooming while driving is considered distracted driving and is illegal.
• Drivers who play very loud and loud music from inside their cars are subject to a fine.