- Drivers in funeral processions face the difficult task of navigating streets that are unfamiliar.
- In addition, they are driving at an emotionally-draining time in their lives—the aftermath of the death of a family member, friend, or relative.
- Due to the level of emotional involvement, drivers in funeral processions are not able to process all of the visual information that other drivers are able to handle.
- The lead vehicle in a funeral procession (the hearse) will stop for stop signs and red lights, but vehicles following the hearse are allowed to continue through the intersection without stopping.
- Motorists encountering a funeral procession should yield the right-of-way to all vehicles in the procession.
- Drivers should not drive between vehicles in an organized funeral procession, except when required to do so by a law enforcement officer.
- In addition, drivers are not allowed to join a funeral procession in order to secure the right-of-way.