Dark nights and grey mornings have us reaching for our headlights, but do you know the rules?
Most of us are still turning on our headlights frequently during this winter in Elk River, Minnesota. With our headlights almost constantly on during these darker months, it makes a great time to check that our lights are in proper working condition and brush up on the rules and regulations!
Many motorists automatically turn their low beams on during the day, but for some, they are left driving a black car in the night with no lights on. Sometimes, a little reminding from fellow drivers is what it takes to realize how important lights can be on the road.
While headlight rules vary throughout the states, here are some that will stand you in good stead:
- There should be two effective headlights on all vehicles.
- Turn your headlights on when it starts to get dark outside. Even at dusk and dawn, it’s best to have lights on.
- Headlights must be turned on when visibility is low – but use your fog lights during thick fog.
- Always use your windshield wipers during harsh weather, if necessary.
- In some construction zones, you may be required to turn on your headlights.
- High beam headlights should always be turned down to low beam when approaching oncoming traffic.
- If you cycle, ensure that you have front and rear lights that are turned on at night and during times of low visibility.
If you, like most drivers on the road, don’t research changing traffic laws during your free time, you may be at risk of getting into accidents or landing yourself a hefty fine.