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Floodlights are dipped in water – you could be fined £50 for not using them in the rain, fog or at night – The Sun

Drivers MUST consider it normal to have their headlights on when driving at night.

But when does using your dipped headlights actually become a legal requirement? And when should you use them during the day?

    Drivers are required to use their headlights more at night

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Drivers are required to use their headlights more at nightCredit: Alamy

When should I use headlights?

According to the Highway Code, driver requested use dipped headlights whenever vision is severely impaired.

Reduced visibility is generally considered when you cannot see more than 100 meters (328 feet) ahead.

This can happen during the day during periods of heavy fog, rain or snow, or at night.

The only exception to this rule is in 30mph built-up areas, where the roads are fully lit by street lights no more than 180 meters (200 yards) apart – but even then, your best bet headlights should still be on.

    Car drivers should be careful when using the front fog lights so as not to dazzle other road users.

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Car drivers should be careful when using the front fog lights so as not to dazzle other road users.Credit: Alamy

Can I be fined for not using my headlights?

Failure to use proper dip lights when visibility is reduced can result in a £50 on-the-spot fine if stopped by police.

Drivers should also be careful when using front or rear fog lights as they can have a dangerous impact on other drivers.

Road laws you need to know

Rule 236 of the Highway Code states: “You DO NOT use the front or rear fog lights unless visibility is severely reduced because they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights. “You MUST turn them off as visibility improves.”

Drivers can also be fined for using the fog lights incorrectly.

In March 2018, RAC calls for new law to reduce the standard brightness of car headlights After a survey it was found that 15% of motorists in the UK have been temporarily blinded by glare.

Rodney Kumar, a spokesman for IAM RoadSmart, said: “Not using headlights when it’s raining, at dawn or dusk, or when it’s getting dark is a complete stupidity.

“It takes no effort to flip that switch and turn them on.

“Generally speaking, laziness or absent-mindedness leads to people not using them, but it can make the difference in keeping a pedestrian or cyclist from having an accident with your vehicle.

“And don’t forget if you have daytime running lights that don’t normally turn on automatically.”

Is it illegal to turn off the headlights?

Driving without working properly headlights are illegal.

Although you may feel that one headlight is enough to see on the road, you run the risk of driving without visibility if the other goes out while you are moving.

If you drive with one headlight you will be pulled over by the police and they will hand you a fixed fine of £100.

This will not add points to your license, but is used as a warning to fix your headlights.

If the offense is challenged in court, the fine could rise to £1,000.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/motors/7495482/fined-using-headlights-rain-illegal/ Floodlights are dipped in water – you could be fined £50 for not using them in the rain, fog or at night – The Sun

Caroline Bleakley

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