Driving at night

Keys to gaining the maximum benefit from your car lights

Martorell,  25 October 2018

  • Using the right lights is essential when driving at night, when 30% of accidents take place in Europe
  • The inclusion of LEDs and assistants such as high beam assist make driving safer and more comfortable
  • Incorrect use of the rear fog lamps could cause excessive glare: they should only be turned on in extreme conditions of rain or fog

- LEDs, faster and safer: With the addition of LED bulbs, “not only do we save on consumption and gain in comfort, but we also improve safety”, says Maite. This kind of lighting is more similar to daylight than a halogen bulb. It also responds 150 milliseconds faster than an incandescent bulb, meaning that the LED of a brake light activates 5 metres sooner when driving at 120 km/h. Furthermore, they are designed to last throughout the service life of the vehicle and do not have to be changed.

- When to turn on the fog lamps: One common mistake driver make is to turn on the rear fog lamps on a day with light rain. This expert points out that “they should only be turned on in situations when there is little visibility, like heavy rain or thick fog”. Incorrect use could dazzle other drivers. If your car is equipped with front fog lamps, you can use them “in cases of poor visibility such as heavy or very heavy rain, fog, snow or dust and smoke clouds, as well as on narrow winding roads.”

- The most subtle light of all: Although there is no prohibition on the interior courtesy light, “it’s best not to use it for long periods so you can pay full attention to the road”, says Maite, who compares it to “going to the cinema: in order to concentrate on the film we need our surroundings to be as dark as possible.”

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