(Last Modified on: September 18, 2018)
There are mistruths and misconceptions surrounding almost everything. There always have been. And the automobile, along with the act of driving it, are no exceptions to the rule. These are toxic and will make the driving of anyone who believes them a lot less safe and skilled. It is important that anyone believing these myths is disabused of the notions they describe as soon as possible.
The following are just some of these myths, and why they are wrong.
Cruise Control Driving
You are allowed to drive on cruise control. There are no laws prohibiting this.
Eating while Driving is Illegal
There is a misconception out there that it is completely illegal for anyone to eat food while they are driving. This is a myth that couldn’t be further from the truth if it were in a neighbouring galaxy instead of the milky-way. The truth of the matter is that you can eat food while driving. Just not food that requires two hands to eat.
High Beam Headlights have Strict Restrictions on them
A lot of people think that there is a complete ban on the use of high-beam headlights. This is perfectly understandable to think.
However, this is yet another myth that requires urgent debunking. High beam headlights are allowed to be used. If it is necessary to use them, you are allowed to do so. It is okay. As long as there are no cars coming toward you who will have their sight impaired by them.
However, if you have high intensity discharge lamps on your lights, these are lights that are prohibited from being used.
If it isn’t late at night when people are trying to sleep, you can have loud music in your car.
Phone Use is Banned Completely
It is true that you cannot use your phone while driving, generally speaking. But there are exceptions that people don’t know about. It is important that you know what these exceptions are. Or you will go through life not know what they are, which will result in you not being able to take advantage of them in ways that are allowed by the law.
You can use your phone to talk if it can be operated without having to touch it. This is called hands free operation. If you have blue tooth, you can also use that. Otherwise the phone needs to be in a cradle that is attached to the interior of the car somehow. You can use it to play music in this capacity as well.
However, you still can’t use it for texting, using the internet in any capacity, or for anything that would require that you hold it in your hands. You can only hold a phone as a driver if you are passing it to someone like a passenger.
It is a common belief that turning at an intersection is only allowed if you are not passing another car. This is not true. Unless there are signs specifically prohibiting it. Or the corner is sharp.