There is no two ways about it. Vehicles need headlights. Cars, motorcycles, buses, trucks, whatever your preferred mode of transportation, it’s safe to say at some point you’ll need to use them to see where you’re going on roads.
Close your eyes (not while you’re driving of course) and imagine trying to drive at night with no headlights on. Of course there are overhead street lamps illuminating the road ahead, but your headlights act as one of a vehicle’s primary safety measures. Without them there would be trails of destruction everywhere. Knotted and twisted metal would be strewn across highways and bi-ways, and there would as much broken glass as there would be broken bones.
The importance of vehicle headlights may be stating the obvious; however it is a constant bone of contention amongst drivers. A major complaint we often hear from road users is drivers whose cars have only one headlight working. As a result they use their high beam to compensate, dazzling others and proving themselves a considerable hazard. A relatively minor fix can, in the long run, prevent a relatively major expense should that one light be the cause of an accident.
Diligence and etiquette of other drivers is another factor which is just as important. Where and when to use your lights, is just as essential as the mechanical integrity of a vehicle. A second issue which is continually under the spotlight (pun intended) is the improper use of fog lights.
According to the Roads and Maritime Service, ‘Front and rear fog lights must only be used in fog or rain, or when conditions such as smoke and dust limit your vision’, and improper use can result in a fine of $104 for anyone caught breaking the law.
This comment from one NRMA Member through our SpeakOut platform sums up what many other drivers have experienced. If you agree or have any other suggestions now is the time to speak out and let us know what changes you want.
It is safe to say that it is not uncommon for some drivers to use their fog lights even when they don’t need to.
So what is the answer to solving these minor problems which can cause some major headaches? Increased vigilance and fines from our transport police, or increased signage to remind drivers and promote further awareness?