Vehicle Lighting : Be Seen / Be Safe
Possibly the most important safety component fitted to any vehicle are the lights. These help your vehicle to be seen and for you to see other vehicles.
Coming into the darker evenings it is essential to give your vehicle a “once over” and check all the lights.
Daytime Running Lights:
In 2008 European legislation implemented the requirement of dedicated daytime running lights (DRL). These lights turn on automatically when the engine is running regardless of light conditions. Always ensure to switch over to headlights when darkness falls.
Headlights On in All Conditions:
It’s a good idea to have your headlights on at all times if your vehicle is not fitted with DRL to improve visibility in rural and urban environments.
Will Fuel Consumption Increase Having Lights On?
Generally no, modern car alternators charge the battery on engine over run (no fuel being used and engine braking vehicle). If any extra fuel is used it will be extremely minimal.
Will I Need to Change Bulbs More Frequently?
Probably, but an accident will cost a lot more than replacing some bulbs.
Correct Use of Lighting.
Parking Lights – are for when you’re parked. Not to be used when driving.
Fog Lights – Only to be used in foggy conditions. These lights can blind oncoming motorists.
Modern vehicles have CAN-bus wiring that will alert the driver to a blown bulb via the instrument cluster.