As we shift into Fall and Daylight Savings Time is quickly approaching, its an important time for a quick reminder on when to “Light Up” while driving.
The days continually get shorter, and we deal with significantly more pedestrians, traffic, etc. minus the daylight.
In Pennsylvania, there are a few simple laws for headlight use:
- Headlights must be in use from sunset to sunrise.
- Headlights must be turned on when you cannot see at least 1000 feet ahead of you.
- Headlights must be in use when windshield wipers are in continuous or intermittent operation.
Still, there are several other situations in which flipping on your headlights is both safe and helpful for everyone.
Driving on a foggy day can be dangerous because it’s difficult for other vehicles to see you. By using your headlights during these times, you can make yourself more visible to other drivers.
Driving in a rainstorm presents many dangers, but one of the most dangerous aspects is decreased visibility for both you as well as other drivers. Use your headlights to increase visibility to you both.
Driving in a tunnel simulates driving at night. Just as you would turn on your lights during the nighttime, make sure you use them in tunnels as well.
Driving down a long, straight stretch of roadway can make it difficult to notice approaching vehicles, as they may blend into the distance. These long, straight stretches are frequently used for passing and, if the passing vehicle does not notice your vehicle, you could be involved in a head-on collision.
The best rule of thumb is that if you are not sure if your headlights should be on in a certain situation, lean towards using them, especially if your vehicle is not equipped with DRLs (Daytime Running Lights).
Drive safely this Fall – and be smart with your headlights!
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