Wondering when to use your fog lights? Well, you’re not alone.
For some reason, it’s always been a bit of a grey area among drivers, with most of us either not bothering to use them at all or doing so incorrectly.
To help clear the haze surrounding fog lights, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to keep you safe during the winter months.
What to do when fog strikes
If you’re aware that you might encounter fog on your journey, you should always be prepared to leave a greater distance between you and the car in front in case they haven’t anticipated the bad conditions ahead.
You’ll also need to make sure that your wipers are in good working order so that you can keep your windscreen clear and demisted. If you’re unsure on whether your vehicle needs new wipers or not, take a look at our handy guide here.
Using Rain-X Anti-Fog can also reduce the likelihood of interior condensation, fogging and steaming from impeding your vision out of your windscreen.
Alternatively, if you’re struggling to see clearly in front of you, reduce your speed or consider pulling over in a safe place until the fog has cleared in front of you.
If you’re unfortunate enough to break down during foggy conditions, be ready for every scenario with the AA Euro Travel Kit PLUS.
As well as containing essentials for a European road trip, you’ll also have a reflective emergency jacket and a hazard warning triangle to ensure you’re visible to other drivers in foggy conditions.
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When should you use fog lights?
According to the Highway Code, you should only use your fog lights when your visibility is reduced to 100 metres (328 feet) or less – the equivalent of a football pitch.
If you use it when you can see further than the recommended distance, you could put other drivers at risk.
The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 strictly prohibits the use of front and rear fog lights when it’s not needed as it can dazzle other drivers.
This includes using them in light drizzle and rain. If you’re stopped by the police, you could face a fine.
On the other hand, if you’re involved in a car accident when you should have had your fog lights on, your insurance company may invalidate your claim.
That’s why it’s important to use your fog lights correctly and consider getting a vehicle which displays a fog light on the dashboard when it’s needed.
Stay safe, check your fog lights
During the colder autumn and winter months, you should always check to see if your fog lights are working before setting off on any journey.
If your vehicle has automatic lights that come on during a low light level, you may need to manually turn your fog lights on as they don’t always do it automatically.
The same principle applies with daytime running lights, as a lot of vehicles with this feature won’t actually turn on the rear lights.