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Fog lights... what is taught when you learn these days?

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Just driving in down the M27 this morning amongst the foglight users and wondered whether its me that is wrong. What do they teach these days about the conditions that are suitable to use foglights fr… Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Just driving in down the M27 this morning amongst the foglight users and wondered whether its me that is wrong. What do they teach these days about the conditions that are suitable to use foglights front or rear on a car. It was my understanding that if you could not see the cars in front within your stopping distance them you should light up your rear one and if you were getting glare from fog in front you turned your headlights off and your foglights on to reduce the glare and light up the road directly in front.
If there are any driving instructors out there please enlighten me...
cheers
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
use only when visibility is seriously reduced....... 100 meters or less

use at other times £60 fine for causing unnecessary dazzle
#2
dog_cop
use only when visibility is seriously reduced....... 100 meters or less

use at other times £60 fine for causing unnecessary dazzle


+1 The muppets that do this when not needed really annoy me:x
#3
dog_cop
use only when visibility is seriously reduced....... 100 meters or less

use at other times £60 fine for causing unnecessary dazzle


Thats what I thought, it just seems to be mainly younger drivers so I thought maybe it had changed... cheers for that now I can continue to swear at them! :-D
#4
or do cos it makes you look really cool.
i see these people and its either some lad who look like he just passed, or some old dear who probably doesnt know shes got them on.
i think its actually illegal, if i was a copper i'd be dishing out 3 points all the time for it.
#5
landofdan
or do cos it makes you look really cool.
i see these people and its either some lad who look like he just passed, or some old dear who probably doesnt know shes got them on.
i think its actually illegal, if i was a copper i'd be dishing out 3 points all the time for it.


I watched one of the police. stop. no , whatever programs and the copper stopped a guy, he then asked how long he had been driving the car, did he understand all of the controls to which of course he said yes to which he promptly gave him a tiicket for driving with foglights on... he explained that without asking those questions first it was a usual excuse of "sorry I didnt realise I had done that!" I did laugh....:-D
#6
What do they teach these days about the conditions that are suitable to use foglights front or rear on a car


I tend to use mine mainly when its foggy. Like today. Except I couldn't find the button for the life of me :oops:
#7
In the 20 years I've been driving I've only ever used them about 3 times because its supposed to be a pea-super before you use them. As someone else said visibility down to about 100 meters.
Suspect the trigger happy fog light users are also the ones that don't think that indicating correctly, indicating at all, cutting corners off, driving too close, driving above speed limits, driving OVER mini islands, taking mini islands as a right turn and going on the wrong side of it are all rules that don't apply to them.
#8
think i've used my rear a few times but don't remember ever using the front ones in the last 14yrs
#9
I drive on country roads that are covered in mud etc and with no white lines at the sides of the carriageway.
I always use the front fogs so that I can see where the road actually is and then switch off when I get into town.
Properly adjusted fogs don't dazzle as much as those cars that have only one front headlight working - twice as bright as it should be.
banned#10
cannyscot
I drive on country roads that are covered in mud etc and with no white lines at the sides of the carriageway.
I always use the front fogs so that I can see where the road actually is and then switch off when I get into town.
Properly adjusted fogs don't dazzle as much as those cars that have only one front headlight working - twice as bright as it should be.


Fog light alignment doesn't come under the MoT at all so there's no way you know if you're dazzling someone or not. Like your full beam they should be turned off as soon as you see another car coming, if you're spotted with them on = fine £££ :x

I full beam any one with their fog lights on as quite often the fog lights being so close to the ground are pointing right in my face anyway.

dog_cop
use only when visibility is seriously reduced....... 100 meters or less

use at other times £60 fine for causing unnecessary dazzle



Dog cop what's your opinion on these new cornering lights on the Seat and VW's? I emailed them and they said it's within the law but when I read the law it is what you said. If you're unaware of the new cornering lights, when the wheel is turned at a certain angle the fog light in the direction of the corner comes on.
#11
I cant turn my fogs on with the main beam.

Since when can you get fined for it? (Was not aware of this)

"I always use the front fogs so that I can see where the road actually is and then switch off when I get into town."

I do this in the snow and bad weather. As the front fogs are just as bright as the new day lights on the bottom of cars, and lets not start on the LED lights there ridic. Got pulled over for using them when I came into town, just got a warning.
banned#12
Adam2050

I do this in the snow and bad weather. As the front fogs are just as bright as the new day lights on the bottom of cars, and lets not start on the LED lights there ridic. Got pulled over for using them when I came into town, just got a warning.


Hope you turn them off when you see a car also, it reflects right back up from the snow and dazzles on coming drivers :x
#13
lumoruk
Hope you turn them off when you see a car also, it reflects right back up from the snow and dazzles on coming drivers :x


I haven't been doing so if I'm honest, though I've hardly had them on, wasn't aware it was a problem. Never found it with on coming traffic when they had them on.
banned#14
lumoruk
Fog light alignment doesn't come under the MoT at all so there's no way you know if you're dazzling someone or not. Like your full beam they should be turned off as soon as you see another car coming, if you're spotted with them on = fine £££ :x

I full beam any one with their fog lights on as quite often the fog lights being so close to the ground are pointing right in my face anyway.




Dog cop what's your opinion on these new cornering lights on the Seat and VW's? I emailed them and they said it's within the law but when I read the law it is what you said. If you're unaware of the new cornering lights, when the wheel is turned at a certain angle the fog light in the direction of the corner comes on.



My main bug bear is fog lamps being used incorrectly, front and rear.

some of the 4x4 use theirs and are their bumpers are higher than most normal cars and so the lights are a real pain..

Then the boy racers who drive around on side lights and fog lamps.. ok explain that one .. what's the point ? .. the 60 quid fine sorts that one out very quickly.

The there is the duffer driver who has used them correctly then forgets to switch them off, when I ask them what the caption thats illuminated on the dash is I get the ooh err yeah I wondered what that was :x

as for the lamps that swing around if it helps drivers see what's on the corners ie small children and animals etc well good idea
#15
I dont think I've ever used mine - waste of time anyway !

I hate people using rear fogs when it's raining on the motorway. The spray heightens the effect & you cant see a damn thing !
#16
Adam2050
I cant turn my fogs on with the main beam.

Since when can you get fined for it? (Was not aware of this)

"I always use the front fogs so that I can see where the road actually is and then switch off when I get into town."

I do this in the snow and bad weather. As the front fogs are just as bright as the new day lights on the bottom of cars, and lets not start on the LED lights there ridic. Got pulled over for using them when I came into town, just got a warning.


I think the problem with foglights on instead of main lights is in wet there is more glare from the road. By definition they spread the beam lower to prevent the glare back from fog. Anyone that has driven in real fog will understand what I mean. Using them in snow would multiple the effect, so even worse IMO.

I guess the problem is that going back to my original question, are people really told how to use them when learning to drive? From what we see on the road I guess not....
#17
mosskeeto
I think the problem with foglights on instead of main lights is in wet there is more glare from the road. By definition they spread the beam lower to prevent the glare back from fog. Anyone that has driven in real fog will understand what I mean. Using them in snow would multiple the effect, so even worse IMO.

I guess the problem is that going back to my original question, are people really told how to use them when learning to drive? From what we see on the road I guess not....


Learning only 4 years ago nearly. It's not mentioned once. Only mentioned I guess when you enter fog, which I never drove in as a learner.

Boy Racers leave them on as they believe it looks cool.

Chav most of had my car before hand as he put £15 bulbs in main beam and dipped.
#18
mosskeeto


I guess the problem is that going back to my original question, are people really told how to use them when learning to drive? From what we see on the road I guess not....


I don't think people are taught how to drive when taking lessons.. just how to pass their test
#19
lumoruk
Hope you turn them off when you see a car also, it reflects right back up from the snow and dazzles on coming drivers :x


HID headlamps are MUCH worse in ALL conditions :lol: Whoever thought that one up should be shot.
#20
i have em on all the time, makes my BMW look like a proper sports car, looks dapper.
#21
It's pretty clear people don't know when to use their rear or front fog lights - I use my rear lights quite often (flashing them on an off in the face of the stupid fog-light users in the vain hope they'll wake up and turn theirs off :oops:)
#22
wombat6025
It's pretty clear people don't know when to use their rear or front fog lights - I use my rear lights quite often (flashing them on an off in the face of the stupid fog-light users in the vain hope they'll wake up and turn theirs off :oops:)


That's kind of like a self fulfilling prophesy right there :lol:
#23
Shengis
That's kind of like a self fulfilling prophesy right there :lol:


Yup - it's dangerous to use your fogs when not needed so I use 'em just 'cos I'm peed off... :oops:

Perhaps I should just side-swipe them off the road? :p
#24
wombat6025
Yup - it's dangerous to use your fogs when not needed so I use 'em just 'cos I'm peed off... :oops:

Perhaps I should just side-swipe them off the road? :p


Or overtake so they're no longer a problem and carry on? That's what I do :) Last MOT I had, the tester left mine on. I didn't notice for 2 days :lol:
#25
Shengis
Last MOT I had, the tester left mine on. I didn't notice for 2 days :lol:


Good job you didn't meet the bobby from post #6 :thumbsup:

Maybe if I'd overtaken you and flashed my rear fogs you might have thought "what's that wally up to?", noticed your mistake and turned them off?

I could have saved you a fine ;-)
banned#26
Shengis
Or overtake so they're no longer a problem and carry on? That's what I do :) Last MOT I had, the tester left mine on. I didn't notice for 2 days :lol:


DOH!!!:p
#27
Heres one, where the hell IS the foglight switch on a new (08) Astra? I can't find it :lol:

The Transit connect was a good one, took ages to work out that you had to pull the headlamp switch out PMSL. No excuse on those though as switching off the headlamps automatically cancels the fogs as well :)
#28
black gerbil1
i have em on all the time, makes my BMW look like a proper sports car, looks dapper.



Tool
#29
Shengis
Heres one, where the hell IS the foglight switch on a new (08) Astra? I can't find it :lol:

The Transit connect was a good one, took ages to work out that you had to pull the headlamp switch out PMSL. No excuse on those though as switching off the headlamps automatically cancels the fogs as well :)


its probably hidden from view by the steering wheel, look round the wheel and down on the right ;)

but i'm with you guys makes me mental after driving all day to come round a quiet country lane to be blinded by some idiot who can't be arsed to learn how to drive properly, even some wagons doing it now along side their "lightshows", morons the lot of em.

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