Fall weather and road hazards can be tricky. It stays darker longer which can make for even more dangerous road conditions especially with falling leaves and debris. We’ve got the rundown of all the important lights on your car and when to use them.
High beam lights are extremely bright and are pointed forward and allow drivers to see as far as 400 feet. High beams should be used for any dimly lit roads, especially in rural areas where deer and other animals cross the street. They are also ideal for interstate traveling during early or nighttime hours when there are few cars on the roads.
Low beams are pointed lower towards the ground as to not distract other drivers on the road. They allow you to see about 200 feet in front of your car. Low beams should be used during dark hours, especially in cities and more populated areas to avoid flashing high beams into other drivers’ eyes, posing even more danger. Low beams should also be used during fog (if you don’t have fog lights) and snow as high beam lights will reflect into your eyes making it very hard to see.
While you may think hazard lights are necessary for visibility in extreme weather like heavy snow, rain or fog, they can cause confusion on the road. Drivers may mistake your hazard lights for a turn signal or think you're having a mechanical issue with your vehicle. So, when should you use your hazards? When you’re getting pulled over, if you’re broken down on the side of the road or for a funeral processional.
Stay safe driving this fall and remember to use all of your lights properly. Share this article with a loved one or a new driver!