Some Broken-Down Cars in Illinois Might Have A White Cloth Attached To A Mirror, Here’s Why
There are some unwritten rules to Illinois roads you need to be aware of. Some of these you might already know and practice and maybe some you didn't know. Remember, most of these aren't actual laws, just rules for driving in Illinois.
THE YELLOW LIGHT RULE
In some areas, a yellow traffic signal means slow down or use caution. In Illinois, the yellow light tells you to hit that gas pedal like you're on a drag strip.
THE LEFT LANE
The left lane is for passing, yes, we know that. But, more importantly, it's for fast drivers. If you're not going 7-10 miles over the speed limit stay to the right. Remember, it is illegal to speed so you're at your own risk should you choose to do so.
Scott's Law (AN ACTUAL LAW)
Scott's Law (a.k.a Move Over Law) is not unwritten and very serious, which is why I'm including it in this article. I see so many vehicles break this law.
Scott's Law: When approaching any police or other emergency vehicle stopped along the roadway, you must change lanes if possible, reduce speed, (but reduce greatly if unable to change lanes, proceed with increased caution. - Illinois State University
If you really want to prove you're an attentive and respectful driver you would move over when any vehicle on the side of the road has its lights flashing whether emergency or basic hazard lights.
THE WHITE FLAG
Have you ever spotted a vehicle on the side of the road with a white flag, cloth, towel, or plastic bag tied to a side mirror and wondered what it meant?
This is how you let law enforcement know you will be back soon to get the vehicle moved. According to MotorBisquit, this is not a state law anywhere in the country but it was common knowledge amongst most law enforcement agencies.