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When should I switch my headlights on?

Driving in rain with headlights on

Our road-safety experts shed light on the do’s and don’ts of headlights.

Many modern cars have automatic headlights and daytime running lights that aim to keep you safe in all weather conditions.

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.

Turning on your headlights not only makes you more visible to approaching vehicles, it also means that motorists travelling behind can see your vehicle more clearly because turning on your headlights also activates the taillights.

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.

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