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Drivers risk a fine of £1,000 for not turning on their headlights in bad weather

Drivers are being warned they could be fined £1,000 for not turning on their headlights in bad weather under the little-known highway code rule

  • Drivers can be fined for making a mistake in bad weather
  • All UK cars have automatic front daytime running lights (DRLs). visibility
  • However, drivers should turn on brighter lights at night or in poor conditions
  • Failure to do so could result in drivers being fined up to £1,000 by the police

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A rule about car lights could result in motorists being fined £1,000 for making a mistake or driving in bad weather.

All UK cars are required to have daytime running lights (DRLs) which come on when the engine is started and aid in daytime visibility.

At night and in bad weather, however, drivers should turn on their low beams, which also brighten the rear lights, to avoid accidents.

If drivers rely on their low lights rather than dipped beams in poor visibility, they could be subject to fines of up to £1,000 by the police.

Motorists can be fined up to £1,000 if they fail to turn on their lights properly in bad weather

Motorists are required by law to turn on their bright lights at night and when visibility is poor due to bad weather

Motorists are required by law to turn on their bright lights at night and when visibility is poor due to bad weather

Motorists are required by law to turn on their bright lights at night and when visibility is poor due to bad weather

Graham Conway, managing director of Select Car Leasing, told Somerset Live: ‘DRLs have been helping to improve road safety for over a decade. But I would urge motorists to understand exactly how they work and what kind of work they have to do.

“Here at Select, we have heard numerous reports in recent weeks of people failing to illuminate their headlights and taillights while driving in low visibility conditions, and there is a concern that motorists may mistakenly believe that their DRLs are sufficient in those types of conditions. They are not!

Failing to illuminate it properly could result in a fine of £1,000. By proactively checking the different lights you use, you increase your safety and reduce the risks on winter rides.”

Mr Conway added that storms and heavy rains in the UK last week had seen motorways full of cars using only their DRLs in low light conditions.

He said this was “incredibly dangerous” and could lead to serious car accidents, adding that it was also “utterly foolish” not to turn on brighter lights at night.

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