You misused your headlights and it could land you a £5,000 fine

DRIVERS need to exercise extreme caution in winter, not only is it dark and the roads are icy, but you can be fooled by simple mistakes.

Improper use of headlights can lead to expensive fines of up to £5,000 for starters.

When it gets dark early, it's easy to forget to turn on the lights at the right time


When it gets dark early, it’s easy to forget to turn on the lights at the right timeCredit: Getty

The driver will be fined £100 on the spot if faulty headlights.

It could be because the light bulb blew, or your car is covered in mud that blocks the light, or you simply forgot to turn them on when it was getting dark during the day.

You should check the main beams, indicators, side lights, fog lights and brake lights before every journey.

That’s especially the case if you’re departing in the dark or in the dark Bad weather conditions.

If the cases were to then go to court, fines could be as high as £5,000 and motorists would also face nine penalty points for driving with their license.

Biggest what the driver forgot, is to turn on the headlights when it starts to get dark, especially if the vehicle is equipped with automatic lights that are normally on throughout the day.

With shorter days in the winter, that’s an easy thing to miss, but crucial if you want to avoid any bumps on the road.

Make a conscious effort to turn on the light when it get darker however, will also make sure the rear lights are on as well, which is not usually the case with auto settings.

That means other drivers will be more aware of you on the road from both front and rear that way.

December 21 is the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year – motorists will only get about 8 hours of daylight on that day, so it’s important to remember to turn on the lights as the sun begins to set .

Rule 113 of the Highway Code states that drivers must use their headlights at night and when visibility is severely reduced.

But you shouldn’t consider it very different.

Ability dazzle other drivers if your lights are set to too bright or you forget to switch from your high beams when entering a more crowded area or meeting other drivers on the road.

“You must not use any lights in a manner that dazzles or disturbs other road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.” it says in the rules.

You can fined £50 so as not to use headlights dipped in rain, fog or at night.

Another thing motorists can forget is that their brake lights can also dazzle other road users.

If you are completely stuck in traffic, you must take your foot off the foot brake to turn off the vehicle’s brake lights and use the handbrake instead to prevent this.

How do I make sure I’m using my headlights correctly?

You shouldn’t rely on automated lights to do the work for you in the dark.

Acquainted with how do your car lights work, their brightness and how you know they are definitely working.

For example, if your indicator starts ticking fast, you know it’s time to visit the mechanic.

That usually means that the bulb in your indicator light is on its last pin and may need replacing or the wiring may be faulty.

That could mean other drivers on the road don’t see your flashing lights, so they won’t know you’re trying to signal and that could cause a collision or accident.

It’s best to check and make sure all your lights are working properly.

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Caroline Bleakley

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