Use All Your Tools For Safer Winter Driving

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Should You Use Fog Lights in Winter?

Winter driving means being ready to handle quickly shifting conditions. At any given time, it could be snowing, raining, or a mix of both. Too many people have gotten in the habit of using their high beams for every occasion because they think that more light is better. That is not always the case, and it’s especially not true when there is heavy precipitation or fog in the air. So, should you use your fog lights in the winter? Yes. Let’s take a look at some things you should know.

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How Do Fog Lights Work?

Fog lights are generally located low on the vehicle’s fright end and use yellow light. They are also angled downward. The problem with using high beams instead of fog lights is that high beams create a reflection that can effectively blind the driver – a very hazardous situation. Additionally, the yellow light has been proven to better penetrate the rain, fog or snow and provide better illumination of the road and surrounding area.

When Should Fog Lights Be Turned On?

Most safety experts agree that fog lights should only be used in the most adverse weather conditions when the visibility is reduced to less than 100 metres. Using them during clear conditions could possibly cause other drivers to be temporarily blinded and lose sight of you. In fact, some areas have laws restricting their unnecessary use. 

What If You Don’t Have Fog Lights?

Government regulations have required fog lights to be installed on most passenger vehicles for a long time. However, if you are driving a particularly old model, you might have them. In that case, you should use your low beams only and proceed with caution. In some cases, you might be able to have fog lights added as an aftermarket purchase – something to consider if you’re doing a lot of driving in rough weather.

Make an appointment with Barrie Nissan today, and we can help you find the necessary accessories you need to keep you safe on the road in almost any kind of driving conditions.