Lights mis-use

First published in Letters

I REFER to this letter from Nigel Pearce “Poor Driving Conditions” advising drivers to use dipped headlights. The purpose of lights on a vehicle is to mark its presence, and to see with, and should only be used after lighting-up time, or conditions of poor visibility.

They should NOT be used in daylight unless visibility is poor. This is misuse, and wastes energy, contributing to global warming.

Mr Pearce goes on to say he saw a school of motoring car with “running lights” on. Some new cars have this idea and they cannot be switched off easily, maybe this is the case. These are now LED lights, so use less energy; however, it is doubtful whether they serve any useful purpose in daylight.

There is nothing better than a motor car to display a person’s intelligence, personality, and character, when being driven by this person. A report found that 90% of drivers can’t really drive at all, (they have no understanding of controlling a vehicle, etc) and the idiots with their headlights and fog lights on in broad daylight confirm this!

G Davies Cardiff Road Newport

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7:30pm Sun 25 May 14

varteg1 says...

I recently had a slight knock when reversing into a space , the car behind me, was some dozens of metres away when I began to reverse, but as I checked my side mirror to help me slot into the space, the car behind came right up to my rear, needless to say my rear bumped her front.

No injuries etc, but she was most miffed when I jumped out and criticised her for closing on me when I was reversing .

I asked her did she not see my reverse lights, to which she replied she herself couldn't have reversed because there was a car behind her.
She totally misread my question, as I pointed out to her, had she not closed on me as she did, the car behind her would also have adjusted his approach to her rear.

She then drove off, later I was visited by plod, who more or less agreed that having stayed there waiting for her to return, so I could check details etc, she had herself mitigated any chance of a claim, as I made clear to him, if there was any damage to her car, she could have met another incident after she left the scene.
Anyway the point is, the reverse lights are in effect telling a car behind that I am 'oncoming' and they are equivalent to forward lights for that very reason.
You would not drive towards an oncoming car, even if it was reversing, unless you were not concentrating on what was happening ahead,.
I recently had a slight knock when reversing into a space , the car behind me, was some dozens of metres away when I began to reverse, but as I checked my side mirror to help me slot into the space, the car behind came right up to my rear, needless to say my rear bumped her front. No injuries etc, but she was most miffed when I jumped out and criticised her for closing on me when I was reversing . I asked her did she not see my reverse lights, to which she replied she herself couldn't have reversed because there was a car behind her. She totally misread my question, as I pointed out to her, had she not closed on me as she did, the car behind her would also have adjusted his approach to her rear. She then drove off, later I was visited by plod, who more or less agreed that having stayed there waiting for her to return, so I could check details etc, she had herself mitigated any chance of a claim, as I made clear to him, if there was any damage to her car, she could have met another incident after she left the scene. Anyway the point is, the reverse lights are in effect telling a car behind that I am 'oncoming' and they are equivalent to forward lights for that very reason. You would not drive towards an oncoming car, even if it was reversing, unless you were not concentrating on what was happening ahead,. varteg1
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7:34pm Sun 25 May 14

varteg1 says...

BTW, one that really gets to me is the idiotic habit of driving with rear fog lights on.

As one has to be aware of all around activity, one has to occasionally look to the side, it may only be for a second, but when returning to looking ahead, one suddenly sees high glow lights, and I have often braked hard thinking the car ahead has braked.
BTW, one that really gets to me is the idiotic habit of driving with rear fog lights on. As one has to be aware of all around activity, one has to occasionally look to the side, it may only be for a second, but when returning to looking ahead, one suddenly sees high glow lights, and I have often braked hard thinking the car ahead has braked. varteg1
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