These days there is an increasing trend for drivers to drive with their fog lights permanently on, regardless of weather conditions. During the day or in foggy weather, fog lights aren’t bad, but at night, on a 2 lane highway that is wet from the rain is another story. Although the fog light beam is directed at a low level, if the road surface is wet the light is directly reflected to oncoming traffic. The low beam lights are bad enough, add the fog lights in terrible conditions and your vision is highly affected. This effect is even stronger when it’s snowing at night, since the visibility is poor, the road is covered and you can’t see the center line. The fog lights nearly blind you, as if you weren’t stressed enough from having to drive in the crap, now you are blinded and have lost orientation with the road.
The smallest distraction can cause a driver to lose control on slick roads, no matter how good of a driver you are. Or meet a string of traffic with 5 or 6 of them in a row blinding you, your vision is affected for even longer. Whose ever “bright” idea this was didn’t take into consideration the affects on other drivers.
I don’t understand why people think they have to have them on 24/7, day or night, rain, shine, fog, snow, etc. So people, have some consideration for others, switch them to “off” unless it is foggy. Some say: ‘I use them to increase my visibility ‘, forgetting that while increasing your visibility, you are decreasing the ability for all the other driver’s to see you at all, doesn’t seem like the most logical plan to me…..So, please, use your fog lights appropriately.
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