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Friday, 6 January 2017

Eagle Radio - News - When you should and shouldn't use the fog lights

This is my pet peeve. People driving with fog lights blaring whilst there is no fog. Idjats.



When you should and shouldn't use the fog lights

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12:03am 6th January 2017
It will not just be freezing temperatures joining us on the journey to work this morning (January 6) - fog is also forecast.
The Met Office warns of lows of -4 °C and it will be cold and murky.
The message is to take extra care - leaving more time to defrost the car and for the journey itself.
But how do you deal with the fog?
There are fears many do not know when they should and shouldn't use fog lights.
The Highway Code has been offering its tips:
Here is what to do before setting off in the fog this morning, and once you are on your way:

Before setting off:

  • Do you know where your fog lights are? Check you know how to switch them on and off before you start driving. 


While driving in fog:

  • Go slower.
  • Maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front.
  • Make sure to use your wipers and to keep your windscreen demisted to aid visibility.
  • If the word ‘fog’ is shown on a signal, but the road is clear, be prepared for a sudden bank of fog or drifting, patchy fog.
  • Use your lights if visibility is reduced to 100 metres (328 feet) or roughly the length of a football pitch.
  • Do not use full beam, because the fog reflects the light back, reducing visibility even further.
  • Do not attempt to navigate using the tail lights of the car in front, as these can give a false sense of security.
  • If visibility is very limited, wind down your windows at junctions and crossroads to allow you to listen out for approaching traffic.
  • If you really cannot see, you should consider stopping until it is safe to continue.


When to use your fog lights:

  • Only when visibility drops below 100 metres (328 feet) which is roughly the length of a football pitch, this is stated by the Highway Code (rule 226).
  • If while driving in fog your car is involved in an accident and you weren't using your fog lights, it could invalidate your insurance.
  • Do not use full beam, because the fog reflects the light back, reducing visibility even further.
  • Turn them off when you can see more than 100 metres ahead - if you don't you could dazzle oncoming vehicles and cause an accident.
  • Police can fine you for using your fog lights inappropriately. 


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