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Fog lights should only be used when it's foggy

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Fog lights on cars are there to be used when weather conditions deteriorate and visibility is reduced to such an extent that regular tail lights are no longer effective.  Fog lights are to be used in these conditions alone.  Why is it then that some idiots drive around all day with them on no matter what the weather is like?

Maybe they drove through a bank of fog earlier on their journey and forgot to turn them off, however I have actually seen people driving around with fog lights on when the weather is dry and sunny so I don't know what their excuse is!

Fog lights - often used in weather conditions that do not require them

When they are used in weather conditions that do not require them it is extremely irritating and distracting.  I would go as far as to say they are a danger in the same way that someone driving towards you without their headlights dipped would be.

A car driving through the fog, hardly seen due to a lack of fog lights On the other hand, there are those who it would seem don't know when they should be using fog lights.  Some don't use them at all at times when they should and that is VERY dangerous.  There's nothing worse than driving carefully along the road and then suddenly seeing a dark shape loom very quickly in front of you without warning.  Please, for goodness sake try to take some notice of your surroundings and weather conditions!

If really murky and visibility is seriously reduced by all means turn your fog lights on, but remember to turn them off again when it's clear so you don't dazzle other drivers!


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marmalade

marmalade

@Jack the hat, I myself drive in accordance with 'The highway code' and current traffic legislation. I am neither a 'nervous' nor 'paranoid' driver. Thankfully I have not had an accident in nearly 35 years of driving vans, cars and motorcycles.
marmalade
15th Jun 14 11:45

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

You had to go a long way back to find that comment of mine, didn't you jack?

I don't know about you but I feel safer when driving if I'm looking at the road ahead.
Yes you can avert your eyes, but it's the first split second before you avert them when you get blinded. Then, I suspect you know this and are just saying it to wind me up. Well, wind away; I'm off to Turkey for 2 weeks tomorrow so I don't care!

You evidently have no idea what kind of driver I am and anyway fog lights are illegal unless it's foggy. There is a good reason for this.
grumpyoldwoman
15th Jun 14 09:25

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marmalade

marmalade

It seems that most of the culprits ironically, never seem to use their foglights in conditions that would warrant their use - i.e, thick fog.
marmalade
15th Jun 14 08:09

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let common sense prevail

let common sense prevail

i have read most of the comments concerning the use of fog lamps. as for rear fogs i would agree with most of you. i cant think of any reason to use them except during bad visibility. have you seen what a boon they can be on a rainy motorway. however with front fogs i totally dissagree with most of you. in 55 years of driving i have never found them to be any more anti social than any other head lamp or spot lamp or whatever. obviously any light out of alignment or badly fitted is offensive. as for the fact that you do gooders keep spouting that daylight use is illegal have you never done anything wrong. have you never broke the speed limit or accelarated through an amber light. what is it they say "people in glass houses". as people have already pointed out it could be argued they can be a safety feature. i myself have had a car come out of a side turning,crash into my car and claim he didnt see me. having said all that the anti brigade are quick to ridicule pros with names like moron and saddos. but how sad are they to get so worked up over something so trivial.
let common sense prevail
14th Jun 14 22:02

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jack the lad

jack the lad

hello grumpyoldwoman. your right fog lights do dazzle momentarily when coming at you over the brow of a hill,but only if your daft enough to look into them instead of averting your eyes. having said that the same thing happens in that situation at night with every car with its dipped beams on. your just showing what a nervous paranoid driver you must be. i bet you take it out of gear and put your handbrake on at every junction,and of course "hands at 10 to 2"
jack the lad
14th Jun 14 20:46

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live and let live

live and let live

in the past ive owned a puegeot 405 and a mondeo amongst many others, both had driving lights as standard,which i used quite a lot. they certainly didnt dazzle any one.i felt they made it easier to see my car.we all know some drivers cant see the wood for the trees. to be honest perhaps i was also being a bit flash but so what it didnt harm anyone. these miserable complainers would do well to direct there anger at cars with half their lights not working and the other half out of adjustment. or to go to the other extreme drivers that drive to work on wet murky mornings with no lights on just because its not nighttime
live and let live
14th Jun 14 18:04

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anon

anon

The trouble is like a lot of people, my eyesight has deteriorated a little as I've gotten older, and subsequently I find these 'foglights to be somewhat blinding at night. For this reason, I am forced to leave my main-beams on permanently, which is inconvenient to other drivers.
anon
14th Jun 14 17:26

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70 year old wannabe

70 year old wannabe

most of the lights complained about are in fact auxillary or driving lamps. dispite the way you interpret the law the mostly do not cause a problem. if adjusted correctly they are preferable to badly adjusted dipped beams. they also make people more aware. thats why motor bikes are advised to use headlights in daylight and volvos running lights on permanantly. if some of these drivers are wannabe rally drivers so what. your all a bunch of kill joys. bah hum bug
70 year old wannabe
14th Jun 14 17:10

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stevo78

stevo78

I am a motorcyclists and have to say that fog lights are a nightmare for us! If a car is coming towards me with the on the road surface gets glared out and I can't see the road markings or anything past that car especially in damp/wet conditions). If following a car with them on I can't easily see when they are braking, or what is happening in front of them so I can plan ahead. I think the fine should be increased from £30 to £100 and that a VERY public nation wide clamp down happens. Have ANYONE with fog lights on pulled into a stop area and be fined.....especially the 'chav' boy racer types. The same should apply for driving with 'show' bulbs (the heavy blue tint). how they can see what is in front of them is beyond me! Even when I was young and into my cars I didn't drive with the fog lights on!
It's purely inconsiderate, and also down to lack of education during lessons. Any time I have asked someone to turn their fog lights off they either 'didn't realise they were on' or give me a mouth full of abuse stating it's NOT an offence!
stevo78
3rd Dec 13 11:03

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Grumpy Phil

Grumpy Phil

Fog lights are a sin, when in the wrong hands (normally boy racers). Turn them off unless it is foggy, £1000 fine for misuse - go on book them, lets make people aware of when they can and cannot be used. We should escalate this up to the authorities, its about time people dove better.
Grumpy Phil
8th Jan 13 19:21

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

For goodness' sake; DON'T SHOUT please!
grumpyoldwoman
11th Dec 12 06:38

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NO MERCY

NO MERCY

DON'T GET ME STARTED ON NUM SKULL, SHOW OFF, INCONSIDERATE, DRIVER IDIOTS WHO INSIST ON DRIVING WITH THEIR FRONT FOG LIGHTS ON. FOR ME ITS SIMPLE, IF A CAR IS DRIVING TOWARDS ME WITH FOGS LIGHTS ON THEN THAT DRIVER GETS THE FULL BEAM TREATMENT FROM FROM ME AND I DON'T JUST MEAN A FLASH OF MY FULL BEAMS, I KEEP THE FULL BEAMS ON UNTIL THE CAR PASSES ME. WHY THE HELL SHOULD I GET DISTRACTED OR BLINDED BY THESE IDIOTS. ALSO IF A CAR IS DRIVING BEHIND ME WITH FOGS ON THEN I PUT MY REAR FOG LIGHT ON AND THEY HAVE TWO CHOICES. 1. TURN OFF THEIR FOGS AND I WILL DO THE SAME. 2. IF THEY DON'T TURN OFF THE FOGS THEN I JUST KEEP MINE ON UNTIL THEY ARE OUT OF VIEW. IN SUMMARY DRIVING WITH FOGS IS ILLEGAL, IT AIN'T COOL AND YOU JUST LOOK LIKE ATTENTION SEEKING SAD TITS!!
NO MERCY
10th Dec 12 23:13

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Oi

Oi

" if this use pisses some people off, so be it."

Typical selfish attitude and frankly the posting of a troll.
Oi
13th Nov 12 21:05

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safer w/ lights on!

safer w/ lights on!

extra lights on my motorcycle - fog, driving, whatever - increase my visibility. they are pointed down & do not blind. i turn them off when behind another vehicle at night.... if this use pisses some people off, so be it. its safer for all concerned. you all need to get a life & worry about something else.
safer w/ lights on!
13th Nov 12 20:38

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DVB

DVB

In the UK, driving with fog lights on when the conditions don't require it, is an offence. You can receive a fixed penalty if stopped by the police.

Sadly, you won't get stopped by the police, because there aren't any, and the speed cameras aren't interested in any dangerous or illegal driving except for speed infringements.
DVB
5th Aug 12 09:39

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