By Jeremy Rochow
Published: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Many modern cars have automatic headlights and daytime running lights that aim to keep you safe in all weather conditions. However, you shouldn’t rely on your illuminated dashboard as a sign your lights are on. Our road safety expert Charles Mountain explains the best time to use them.
Many vehicles have permanently illuminated dashboards, so make sure the light icon is visible. If your vehicle doesn’t have auto-sensing headlights, make sure you turn them on when needed and off before you leave the vehicle.
So, when should you switch your headlights on? When you need to illuminate the road ahead or to make sure that other motorists can see you.
Switch them on during sunrise or sunset, when long shadows can create a flickering effect between trees and obscure your vehicle from the view of others.
You might have enough natural light to see where you’re going, but having your lights on will make it easier for others to see you. The same applies if it’s an overcast or drizzly day.
If you can’t see oncoming cars, chances are they can’t see you either. Switching on your lights will ensure you’re visible.
If you’re driving along country roads, it’s a good idea to turn your headlights on if your vehicle isn’t fitted with daytime running lights. This will help increase the visibility of your vehicle to approaching traffic.