Module 5: Traffic Flow Control 09 (Laws About Lights)

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Laws About Lights

  • 1. Two headlights (one on each side of the front of the car) – An indicator light that shows when the high beams are on.
  • 2. Taillights – All vehicles must have two taillights. Exception: Vehicles that were manufactured before 1960 are required to have only one taillight.
  • 3. Brake (Stop) Lights – All vehicles must have two (2) functional brake lights. Exception: Vehicles that were manufactured before 1960 are required to have one (1) brake light. If the vehicle has a third brake light or a high mounted brake light, all three lights are required to function.
  • 4. License Plate Light – A white light that illuminates the rear license plate when the headlights (or auxiliary lights) are turned on.
  • 5. Parking lights: white or amber light in the front of the vehicle and red in the rear (may be combined with other lights).
  • 6. Reflectors – Two red reflectors, one on each side of the car (can be combined with the taillights), must be between 15 and 60 inches high and visible at 600 feet or 350 feet for previously manufactured vehicles 1960.
  • 7. Low beams: all vehicles, trailers, semi-trailers and pole trailers must have electric low beams (except for motorcycles and some trailers). Exception: Passenger cars and trucks that are less than 80 inches wide and manufactured before 1960 are not required to have electric dipped beam headlights.