The lights on your vehicle play an important role in safety. But not every light serves the same purpose in the end. Here is a quick overview…

Headlights/ Low Beam Lights:
As soon as twilight sets in or the view is restricted by bad weather, it must be headlights must be turned on. The light intensity ranges from 50 to 75 meters (164ft – 246ft)
If you are traveling with an automatic light system, it automatically switches on the low beam as soon as it gets dark.

High Beam:
Highbeam lights simply add a lot more light so you can see even more at night. More important is when not to use them: when you are approaching traffic or following another vehicle, you should not use high beam lights. They will dazzle other drivers and can be blinding so make sure you only use them when there is no one else around.

Hazard Lights:
The purpose of the flashing indicators is to warn other road users of a hazard such as an accident, breakdown, or traffic jam: Typically, the hazard warning lights are also used at the end of the traffic jam to warn approaching cars that they should drive more slowly or brake.

Fog Lights:
Some vehicles are also equipped with fog lights. They are designed for use in poor visibility conditions such as fog, snow, or rain. Contrary to their name, fog lights are not exclusively reserved for use in fog. Because while the use of the high beam in fog and rain would lead to the driver being strongly dazzled by the light reflection from the water particles that make up the fog, fog lights are attached further down on the vehicle so that the reflected light is not directly on the driver beaming back.

WHEN IT FAILS… Working lights are part of a full roadworthiness certificate for obvious reasons. If a light isn’t working though, most newer cars will let you know… though it pays to check occasionally just in case.

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