Could you end up in hot water for using your fog lights when it’s not foggy?

According to rule 226 of the Highway Code you could

 
There’s nothing worse than driving along the road when all of a sudden, a car comes tearing along on the other side with its fog lights on – the trouble is, it’s not even foggy!

As a matter of fact, the night is super clear and visibility is of no concern but this doesn’t stop other drivers from choosing to switch on their fog lights and dazzle those coming towards them.

It could be the case that there was some fog further up the road and the driver may have forgotten to turn them off, or they’ve switched them on by accident, or it’s simply an enthusiastic ‘rally’ driver trying to make his or her car look more like the real thing!

According to rule 226 of the Highway Code you could

Did you know, you could end up in hot water for using your fog lights when it’s not foggy? © Copyright William Starkey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 

Whatever the reason for dazzling your fellow motorists, having your fog lights on when the conditions of the road don’t warrant them could see you in hot water as it is deemed an illegal offence.

According to the Highway Code, it is illegal and you could end up being hit with a fine of £30, however no penalty points are handed out.

“You MUST NOT use front or rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced as they dazzle other road users and can obscure your brake lights,” states rule 226 of the Highway Code. It continues: “You MUST switch them off when visibility improves.”

What many people won’t know, is that fog lights are not required legally on vehicles, so they don’t need to be used if visibility on the road gets worse.

 

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