Use of lights Lessons Note

You can’t see as much in the dark, which makes it harder to drive and increases crash risk. Headlight and tail lights serve two purposes - they help you see at night and in poor light conditions, and help other people see you, even during the day.

Slow down when driving at night to give you more time to identify and react to potential hazards.

A car with only one functioning light can be mistaken for a motorcycle, or missed entirely in the dark

You must have your headlights, rear lights and number plate light on:

  • When driving between sunset and sunrise (at night)
  • When there isn’t enough daylight to see a person or object at 100m

If your vehicle is fitted with clearance or side marker lights, the same rules apply.

High beam

You can use high beams on any road to see further ahead, but they may also dazzle oncoming drivers. To avoid dazzling other drivers, you must change to low beam when:

  • Driving 200m or less behind another vehicle
  • An oncoming vehicle is within 200m
You must change to low beam when driving 200m or less behind another vehicle You must change to low beam when an oncoming vehicle is within 200m

To alert another driver that you are about to overtake, you can briefly flash your high beams.

Don’t overdrive your headlights

Don't drive too fast at night, as your stopping distance may be longer than your visibility

Avoid being dazzled

Don't look at he headlights of an oncoming vehicle as you my be dazzled

If dazzled - slow down, look to the left side of the road and drive to the left of your lane or pull over until recovered.

Fog lights

Only use fog lights in conditions that limit your vision (e.g. fog, rain, dust, smoke). You’re required to switch off the fog lights (front and rear) once conditions improve.

If driving in fog and your vehicle isn’t equipped with fog lights, you can use low-beam headlights during the day.

Hazard warning lights

Hazard lights can only be used in these specific situations:

  • when stopped in an emergency stop
  • when driving in hazardous weather conditions
  • when stopped and hindering the path of other road users
  • when moving slowly and hindering the path of other road users
  • when stopped to buy or sell a product at the roadside (e.g. ice cream)

Parking lights

Always make sure that other road users can see your vehicle when parked - leave parking or even hazard lights on if needed (e.g. if you need to stop by the side of the road in the dark).

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