Get the Facts About Going to the Cemetery in a Funeral Procession
After a funeral service for a loved one, you may be part of a procession going to the cemetery for a graveside service. If you have never been part of a funeral procession, you may have some questions about what to expect. Here are some of the facts you need to know.
You will need to adjust your speed.
When you are part of a funeral procession, you will need to drive slower than you normally would. In most cases, funeral processions don’t exceed 35 to 40 miles per hour on secondary roads and 55 miles per hour on highways. It is important to maintain the same speed as the rest of the procession, neither pressuring the car in front of you to go faster or leaving a large gap between you and the car in front of you. It is important for funeral processions to remain tightly together, so that other cars cannot inadvertently enter the procession.
Funeral processions have the right-of-way in traffic.
Funeral processions always have the right-of-way in traffic, so follow the procession closely, even if you reach a stop sign or red light. Other traffic should yield to you. Often a military, police, or other motorcycle escort, will block cross traffic at major intersections to allow the procession to pass. ( Never insist on the right of way if someone simply will not stop, or tries to cut in line to make a turn. An accident will delay the entire procession and could cause a serious injury or fatality.) Generally, you should not stop during a funeral procession unless the entire procession has stopped or there is an emergency that prevents you from going forward.
You should use your headlights
Typically, cars in a funeral procession have magnetic flags placed on their hoods, or yellow banners on their windshields, that identify them as part of a procession. However, don’t rely on the flag or banner to alert other drivers. Every car in a procession should also have their headlights on. Don’t use your hazard lights unless asked to do so. The last car in a procession usually puts on their hazards to signal the end of the line, so using yours could confuse other drivers.
At the cemetery, the procession will be directed to the appropriate parking area for the service. At Inglewood Park Cemetery, we offer a variety of cemetery burial and cremation memorial options to help families honor their lost loved ones. Get more information about our cemetery services in the Los Angeles area by calling (310) 412-6500.