Are there any rules on vaping and driving?

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In most countries, there are no laws and regulations specifically talking about vaping and driving. However, even though there are no direct laws that outlaw vaping while driving, some laws may indirectly relate to the issue. 

 

For instance, there are laws describing the necessary level of visibility through your windshield: and this means that if you vape in your car, a case can be made that the clouds from your vape are affecting that said visibility. Thus, if the vapor from your vaping device obscures the windshield, blocking your view of the road, you’ll likely be breaking the law.

 

Vaping and driving may also be related to the law about reckless driving: if you are distracted by adjusting the settings on your vape, naturally, you are not giving the road your undivided attention. You probably won’t be accused of reckless driving just for vaping and driving but if you do break end up breaking any rules, vaping may definitely be an aggravating factor.

 

So what are the general guidelines for vaping on the road? Most vaping drivers agree on the following: 

 

Don’t cloud chase: making huge clouds of vapor can lead to poor visibility, which, in turn, can lead to more serious issues. If you’re used to vaping and driving, it’s best to simply avoid cloud-chasing and go for a less powerful device for use in the car. Pod systems would be a great choice here.

 

Pullover to change settings: if there is anything you need to adjust on your device (even if it’s something really small), don’t try doing that as you are driving. Pullover, take your time and make all the adjustments you need without taking any risks. Once again, it’s a good idea to use a simple vaping kit when you are driving so that you don’t have to tweak with too many settings.

 

Don’t vape with children in your car: some states in the US and certain countries actually have laws against vaping with kids in the car. But even if the place where you live does not have any regulations on this, it’s simply best to avoid vaping in a confined space with children around.

 

Keep your vape kit in a safe place: even though vaping is much more popular today than just a few years ago, most cars still don’t come with mod holders. Thus, you will need to find a safe and convenient place where you can keep your vaping device while driving. Some vapers say that they have found placing their vape gear into cup holders the most convenient option.

 

Don’t keep your vape kit in the car: this is not related to driving safety directly, but it is essential for the proper maintenance of your device. Both hot and cold temperatures can affect the lifespan of your device’s battery and change the way your e-liquid tastes as well.

 

Although this isn’t about vaping and driving safely if you vape in the car you might be tempted to just leave a device in there as your road vape. However, if it’s winter or you live in a colder climate, this could cause problems for your device. Generally speaking, liquids will get thicker in the cold, if you have a metal drip tip it could get very cold, and if it’s really cold outside (like −4 °F/−20°C) it could ruin your battery. The best advice is to bring your device in with you when you leave the car.

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