Common Driving Myths, Debunked

Using Your Cell Phone in Any Way While Driving is Illegal – Not Entirely True

While it’s true that texting and driving is illegal in almost all cases, the same can’t be said for talking on your cell phone, speaker phone, or Bluetooth device. The reason why texting and driving is almost universally illegal is pretty straightforward: With modern smartphones, you are usually required to take your eyes off the road to see what you’re texting, and this results in a situation that’s even more dangerous than drunk driving.

That said, using one hand to speak on your cell phone, using the speaker phone, and other ways of accessing and using your cell phone are not universally illegal. There are often heavy restrictions, but these vary from state to state.

It Is Illegal To Make a U-turn Unless You See a Sign That Says Otherwise – False

Like many traffic laws, this one varies from state to state. However, the truth is usually the opposite of this myth – it is generally legal to complete a U-turn unless you see a sign that indicates otherwise. Often these are simple signs that read “No U-turn”.

Areas where you will typically see these signs are near sharp turns and corners, near curves, hills, and generally any area in which oncoming traffic cannot be seen coming.

It Is Illegal To Enter an Intersection If the Light Is Yellow – False

It should come as no surprise at this point that this, like most traffic laws, varies on a statewide basis. That said, in most cases, it is perfectly legal to enter an intersection while the light is yellow so long as you do not unsafely make a turn or encroach on the driving space of oncoming traffic. Furthermore, it is perfectly legal to be within that same intersection if the yellow light turns red. It is only illegal to enter an intersection when the light is red.

It Is Never Legal To Have an Open ALcohol Container In a Vehicles Passenger Compartment – Technically False

Don’t get too excited. This is almost universally true, with the only exceptions being in the states of:

  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Mississippi
  • West Virginia
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut

Of course, it is universally illegal for drivers to consume alcohol while driving.

Red Vehicles Are More Likely To Get Pulled Over – False

At first glance, it seems like the logic makes sense. But there is no evidence that this is the case, and in reality your chances of being pulled over mainly come down to how you drive. If you are obeying the laws of your state, you are unlikely to be pulled over no matter the color of your vehicle.

If You’ve Been Pulled Over for Any Reason, There Are Many Ways of Dealing With a Traffic Ticket

A traffic ticket is something almost anyone is going to have to deal with at some point in their lives. In most cases, you have one of two options – pay the ticket, or hire a professional traffic ticket attorney to fight the ticket for you.