Monday 20 February 2017

Blinded by the light: why I think we've gone 'fog' crazy

Published 02/11/2016 | 02:30

It is an offence to have your foglights/lamps working when not required
It is an offence to have your foglights/lamps working when not required

The time of year may be playing a part in the number of people indiscriminately using their fog lights.

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I've been around the country a fair bit over the past two weeks and, apart from being dazzled and irritated by those lights, I was more than surprised by the number of cars with their 'fogs' in use.

The thing is, there was no need for them. The weather was clear, there was no fog, certainly no snow, not a hint of vision being obscured.

Yet it seemed to me that every fourth or fifth car had the extra, unnecessary, illumination on the front.

Some had the rear fog lamps on too.

The fact of the matter is that it is an offence to have your foglights/lamps working in such conditions. They are for use when visibility is poor, so that you can see and be seen more clearly.

They are NOT for use on a clear, late-autumn evening.

A survey a few years ago by the RSA found that 13pc - roughly one-in-eight drivers - used their fog lights when not needed.

Based on my less scientific observations, I'd say that figure is on the low side.

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