Important advice on Lights for Motorists

By Peter

When driving in other parts of the world, especially the UK, one sees still more improvement and these improvements include, but are not limited to:-

1.Generally turn on sidelights a lot earlier than many people do. It seems that a lot of drivers proceed merrily along as it gets dark, secure in the knowledge that because they can see other cars with their lights on, those drivers must be able to see them. My advice is to switch on early, use headlamps, but on low beams (as many sidelights are pretty ineffectual) and be especially careful to do this if your vehicle is a dark grey or similar colour which makes it hard to see. You can NEVER have your lights on too early in the evening.

2. Same applies to poor visibility and that includes when it’s very overcast, not just when it starts to rain.

3. Switch to low beams BEFORE you blind the oncoming driver. This applies to brows of hills etc. Don’t wait until the lights meet. That second or two before dipping your lights can spell trouble. 

4. Always only drive at a speed that allows you to stop within the space illuminated by your lights.

5. Definitely do NOT switch to high beams fractionally before passing the oncoming vehicle. This is an extremely irritating and dangerous habit here. It blinds drivers. Wait until you can safely switch to full beam without dazzling the oncoming driver, which is immediately AFTER you have passed the oncoming vehicle.

6. You can never dip your lights too early when following a vehicle. Drive at a speed within a safe stopping distance and you can safely dip your lights well before getting close to the vehicle in front of you.

7. Get your lights checked regularly. Most reputable workshops have the machines to test the legal settings of car headlights. Judging by the angry reactions of people when other drivers flash their lights at them, they have absolutely no idea that only one of their lights is working, or that when dipped, one is aiming high in the sky or a host of other malfunctions.

Kind regards,


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