The funeral cortege
Travelling in a funeral cortege
When travelling in a cortege, please follow these 2 simple steps:
• Turn your headlights on whilst in the procession
• Keep a close but safe distance to the car in front, remembering to allow adequate braking distance
The advice above will help other road users to identify your vehicle as part of the cortege and may help to keep the cortege together.
Our funeral directors will endeavour to keep the cortege together at all times and to help this we can provide cortege markers and flags for the vehicles following the procession to alert passing motorists that they are in a funeral cortege.
If you are using satellite navigation when travelling in a funeral cortege, please note that the route chosen may not be exactly the same as the one chosen by the satellite navigation system.
Funeral processions must obey all the usual traffic rules.
Showing respect to a funeral cortege
Historically, drivers have shown funeral corteges respect by pulling over to let it pass and driving at a slower speeds. This is now less commonplace as the pace and pressures of life have increased.
If you see a funeral cortege we recommend the following advice:
• Slow down
• Keep your distance
• Don’t cut into the funeral procession
• Don’t use your horn
• Give the cortege right of way
• Turn down music
The respect and courtesy you show the funeral procession will be greatly appreciated.