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You MUST use Dipped headlights when visibility is seriously reduced in either fog or motorway spray, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres. You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves. It is not recomended to use full head lights in fog as it acts a reflection further reducing visabilty to the driver.
Use common sense when it comes to fog lights. Some drivers are worried about dazzling other motorists, and some simply don't know how to turn them on. If you cannot see for more than 100 metres best to be safe and turn them on!
In stationary queues of traffic turn them off accordingly, drivers should apply the parking brake in case of a rear end collision, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users also.
- Use dipped headlights at all times along with wipers and demisters.
- Beware of other drivers not using headlights.
- Familiarise yourself with your front and rear fog lights, know how to switch them on an off, and use them when appropriate.
- Tailing someone’s rear lights can give a false sense of security and is dangerous.
- Only drive as fast as conditions allow and maintain a greater distance between you and the car in front. Follow a three-second rule.
- Be able to stop within the distance you can see clearly – this is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
- If the road has street lights on, then you probably don’t need your fog lights on.
- Don’t accelerate to get away from a vehicle that is too close behind you.
- Check your mirrors before you slow down.
- At a junction with limited visibility, stop, wind down the window, and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.