Is Cheating the Carpool Lane Worth It?

Posted on by Defensive Driving Team | in Defensive Driving Tips

Ah, the carpool lane. You love it (when you can use it) and you hate it (when you can’t). The magical lane was created to help increase traffic flow, encourage people to carpool, and reduce the carbon emissions on the road. And while it accomplishes these things, it can also help you get where you need to go extra fast. In fact, in rush hour traffic, it can get you there so fast that you may be tempted to use it even when you aren’t supposed to.

After all, who would really notice?

Well, it doesn’t matter how many people notice, as long as a cop doesn’t. If you do get caught using a carpool lane without anyone in your car with you, you can face a hefty fine. According to the City of Houston, their current fine for an HOV violation is $177. If the fine is not enough to deter you, maybe you would consider your integrity? Laws are there for a reason. If you use the carpool lane when you are not supposed to, and then the person in front of you uses it, and then the person next to them uses it, then the carpool lane no longer serves any benefit to the people who are actually carpooling. Remember, you will be one of them one day. Don’t you want the carpool lane to be clear when you need it? Sure, it can be tempting to just sneak in it for a little bit, but is the consequence really worth the few minutes saved? Probably not.

hov_lane_ahead

So who counts as a passenger?

The good news is that even if you are just taking your kids to school, you can still use the carpool lane. The Department of Transportation confirms that your kids do count as passengers, no matter how small. If you have a younger child you have to take with you, you can even use the carpool lane on the way home. Score! Now they just need to come up with a lane for parents with screaming children. Wouldn’t that be nice?

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 95453 ratings and reviews.

Cesar
Easy and simple to use.
Roope
Quick, fast and easy!
Diana United States
The course was very helpful and easy to follow. I highly recommended for anyone
Adrian United States
Easy and fast
Allison United States
Easy, simple course!
Brynwyn
Quick and easy!
Kimberly
Straight to the point, easy to navigate site.
Norma United States
The course will be quick and convenient to take from home.
Christina TX, United States
I would recommend you all to everyone over all the other course sites. There are no hidden fees, easy to navigate and same day certificate and driving record. Fantastic!!! Thank you!!
Barbara
Fast and easy
Travis TX, United States
It was quick and easy
James TX, United States
Very simple and easy to follow.
Thomas
So easy to use!
Alexandra
Easy to sign up!
Raylan
Fast & Easy
Jason
Quick and easy.
Ronda United States
Clearly the system is set up for dismissing a ticket not so much for insurance discount. I had to call customer service and have them walk me through the process.
Alejandro
Quick and easy
Mohammed TX, United States
Learned so much, very easy and simple way to become better driver
Michael
Website is easy to navigate
Ricardo
Everything is smooth and efficient
Shanna
Its easy to use!
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course