When to use your fog lights

When to use your fog lights 15th October 2014

The weather has started to turn a little colder for most of us around the UK now, and as the majority will know, this can start to lead to adverse conditions on the roads that can make your journey a little more hazardous. 

However, while you might have checked that your car is equipped for driving on ice, in wet conditions or in high winds, there is one road condition that many are not only ill-prepared for, but also don't know how to handle. 

Driving in fog can be tricky and a bit of a nerve wracking experience, lowering visibility and making it hard to see where you're going. 

Using fog lights can be an essential part of your journey for this reason, but it's important that you know the dos and don'ts of using them.

Don't leave them on Driving with fog lights on when the visibility is low is a safety net for a lot of us, but leaving them on when visibility has improved is actually illegal, and you might find yourself getting stopped by the police. Generally, if visibility is less than 100 metres, you are permitted to use fog lights.
Check the health Making sure your fog lights are working is a vital part of your autumn and winter driving. Because you don't use them often like your headlights, it can be harder to know when they're out of action. To test, turn on your fog lights and walk around the vehicle to check they're all functional. If not, then make sure to book an appointment to have them changed.
Use headlights While the use of fog lights is optional when visibility is low, the use of headlights is mandatory. If you start to struggle with seeing the road or other traffic, you need to make sure your headlights are on, but never use full beam, as this will blind other drivers even more than in normal conditions. 

Posted by Danielle Barge