How most people are using hazard lamps
Most of the drivers on the road see the hazard lamp as a way to attract attention to their vehicle while they are on the road. We have seen people using hazard lamps on their vehicle while they are driving through rain and fog. Some of them even use this when they are either driving too slow or too fast on a highway. Many people even turn the hazard lamps on while driving at night or inside a tunnel. People driving through wrong side of the road also turn on the hazard lamps. All these are actually not the right way to use the hazard lamp on a vehicle.
What is the right way to use hazard lamps
As the name specify, hazard lamps on a vehicle are supposed to be used when the vehicle is parked on the roadside. The aim of the hazard lamp is to alert other vehicles on the road that your vehicle is parked and is not moving. One can also turn the hazard lamp on when the car breaks down. This will signal other motorists on the road that the vehicle in front is stationary and should move ahead with caution. By turning on the hazard lamps, the vehicle behind you would be able to easily understand that the car has stopped and can steer away to avoid a collision or any hazard.
As mentioned above, hazard lamps give indication to other road users that the vehicle in front is stationary and they should steer away from it. But most of the people in India don’t do use it like this and it creates a lot of confusion. The wrong usage of the hazard lamps can even be a reason for accidents. In a situation like fog, heavy rainfall, you don’t have to turn the hazard lamps on while driving. All you have to do is turn on the fog lamps or headlamps on and drive to ensure that other car users can spot your vehicle. You should make sure that the headlamps are on low beam to make the car more visible.
If you turn the hazard lamp on suddenly while driving, it might give a wrong message to the person driving behind you. He or she might think that the car is coming to a stop or is stopped. According to Section 177 of the Motor Vehicles Act, misusing the hazard lamps on a vehicle is a punishable offense and can attract a fine of up to Rs 300. Cops from many Indian states have now started keeping a track on such drivers who are misusing the hazard lamps and are issuing challans.