Driving technology has come a long way since the first days of the moving vehicle. Most of these advancements are for the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians on the road. One of the most underrated safety features of your car are its fog lights. To understand how fog lights can potentially save your life, we first need to understand what they are, what makes them different than headlights and what they do in hazardous driving conditions.
What are fog lights?
Fog lights are situated low on a vehicle near the front bumper with beams that are flat and wide caused by their narrow bar shape. A fog light is made to cut through the dense fog to illuminate the surface of the road within your lane. Fog lights don’t only help driving conditions during fog, they also are useful when there’s mist, dust or snow on the road. It’s easy to miss obstacles such as tree branches, animals or debris on your path without the use of fog lights.
How do fog lights differ from standard headlights?
Standard headlights tend to reflect off of the fog, snow or whatever might be in the air that is obstructing your view. This will essentially block things on the road like puddles, ice, animals or debris. Headlights are essential for safe driving but alone they are not enough to keep you safe in instances of dense fog. Fog lights are completely separate from headlights and are installed below them.
Can you use fog lights at other times?
Fog lights can be used anytime your visibility is restricted while driving, but should not be used on clear days. Fog lights can distract or even blind other drivers, so if you misuse your fog lights, you could be pulled over by police.
A fog light is specially designed to keep you safe during difficult driving conditions. If you have any questions about repairing or installing fog lights on your car, see your mechanic.