The Do’s and Don’ts of Funeral Car Processions

There are a few do’s and don’ts of funeral car processions. Misinformation could potentially lead you to break funeral car ‘rules of the road’. In this blog, Coachwest Luxury & Professional Motorcars offers some common guidelines on roadside etiquette for those in a procession and for those who aren’t.

If You are In a Funeral Car Procession

If you are driving in a funeral car procession, it’s important to know the rules of the road. There are certain guidelines and rules to follow, like:

  • Processions typically drive 30-40 mph on roads and 55 mph on the highway. Cars must be bumper to bumper and marked with funeral flags and hazard lights.
  • There should not be room for an outside vehicle to cut into a funeral car procession. The vehicles must be bumper to bumper and allow anyone outside the party to break the line or leave. The only reason you should leave a funeral procession is in case of an emergency.
  • The leading vehicle must adhere to area stoplights and road signs, and comply with roadside laws. The whole procession must also yield to emergency vehicles or police officers when directed to.
  • While the leading vehicle must follow roadside rules, the rest of the procession does not. Nothing must break the line of vehicles, including red lights and stop signs, no matter the traffic. Just remember to be cautious!

If You Encounter a Funeral Car Procession

If you are driving and you encounter a funeral car procession, it’s important to follow these simple etiquette rules to show respect for the recently deceased:

  • Yield or simply pull over. Allow the procession to continue, even through intersections, until all funeral cars have passed. The final car will have flags and hazards to indicate the procession is over.
  • Don’t honk. It’s important to be respectful and courteous when encountering a funeral procession. Family and loved ones are grieving, and while you may have to wait a few extra minutes for them to pass, it’s the least you can do.
  • Don’t cut in or off a procession. Cutting off a procession of funeral cars shows disrespect. If you see a procession on the highway, do not pass on the right- only the left. The only reason you should pass on the right side is if the procession is in the left lane of a highway.

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