5 Road Rules You’ve Been Getting Wrong for Years

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If you think you know the rules of the road, you might be in for a surprise. Here are five commonly misunderstood road rules in Fort Worth.

On a road with three or more lanes, you must stop for a school bus…

…only if you’re traveling in the same direction as the bus. It’s true. If you’re traveling in the opposite direction as the bus, you’re clear to keep going – as long as the road is three lanes wide. Also, you should stop regardless of whether or not there are children actually crossing the street. Don’t forget it.

When parking on a downhill curve, you should set the parking break and…

…turn the steering wheel towards the curb. I know, I know, this one’s easy to mess up. But if the parking break fails, you’d rather have your car drift onto the curb than into oncoming traffic, right?

If you change your address, you must update your driver’s license within…

…10 days. A lot of people think they have up to 30 days to get this done, and many more never do it at all. However, if you want to stay in good standing with the Department of Transportation, you’ll notify them of an address change right away.

If your car starts to skid, turn your steering wheel…

…in the direction you want to go. Sounds obvious? And yet, a lot of people instinctively try to correct the spin by either holding the wheel in place or turning it in the opposite direction of the skid. If ever you lose control, stay calm, don’t jerk the wheel and keep this road rule in mind.

By law, you should turn your vehicle’s lights on…

…half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise. You heard it right – your lights don’t technically have to be on when the sun’s down. During this half an hour window, there’s still enough light to see. However, it’s in good practice to turn the lights on before this deadline, just to be safe. 

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