Sidelights on cars – a mild rant
Why do people drive with their sidelights on? If visibility is reduced enough that you think you need lights to be visible (like this morning, when it was foggy), just put your funking headlights on. Having the equivalent of a candle in a jamjar at each corner of you car does not really cut it.
That will be all. I said it was mild.Posted 9 years agoJ0NMember
This also annoys me but more the fact that they put them on during the day or at twilight when the amount of ambient light (due to it being day time, duh) is actually brighter than the sidelights.Posted 9 years ago
Additionally I find dimmed headlights more bright than they need to be these day. especially the really focused ones: I had a Boxter behind my the other day and was convinced he had his full beams on but no they were just overly bright and focused and blinding me. Bah!
My sidelights go on when it’s a little dark, headlights go on when it gets dark enough. I’m capable of more than just binary operation and I can judge light in a greyscale fashion too, why should I just stick my headlights on at the slightest hint of darkness? Headlights are for seeing WITH, not primarily for being seen.Posted 9 years ago
Volvo conducted research which indicated a substantial fall in ‘didn’t see you mate’ accidents where vehicles had sidelights on – hence all the old 240’s and 740’s had them permanently on.
Nothing wrong with side lights if as long as you switch to dipped when it gets dark.
you can be seen but it doens’t look like you’re saying ‘get out of my way’.Posted 9 years agoTheGingerOneMember
I use my sidelights primarily when I do not need/want my headlights on (because I can see well enough), but because I like to have my rear lights on so that any dosy fool can clearly see me from behind – especially as I have a silver car which can ‘disappear’ when the sky is full of grey/silver coloured cloud. As rear lights are only on or off, you have no choice with them.Posted 9 years agoaPMember
Oohh, the blue light – its so beautiful
[two mosquitoes fly near a bug zapper; one flies towards it, as if in a trance]Posted 9 years ago
Mosquito #1: Harry, no! Don’t look at the light!
Mosquito #2: [entranced] I-can’t-help-it. It’s-so-beautiful.
[Harry gets zapped, falls]
Mosquito #2: Woo hoo!
I’d say usually it’s for both purposes, in equal measure. In fog, it’s for being seen.
In fog, sure, its a different situation entirely. You can see a cars sidelights a mile off in the normal dark, if everyone else behind didnt have 100w burning your retina out. Problem is where do you stop. Now people have HID headlights, do we start adding extra lights, enforcing HID 1kw lighting systems because everyone else uses them…. And where do bikes get left behind, masked by the sea of light…Posted 9 years ago
Motorists must use sidelights between sunset and sunrise and headlights at night (between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise) on all roads without street lighting and on roads where the street lights are more than 185m apart or are not lit. Motorists must;
use headlights or front and rear fog lights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally to less than 100 m,Posted 9 years ago
use dipped headlights at night in built-up areas unless the road is well lit,
use headlights at night on lit motorways and roads with a speed limit in excess of 30 mph.stumpy01Member
I use only sidelights sometimes, if I want to be more visible from the erm, rear……my car is fairly dark grey and so there are times when I want people to have early warning I am there. Drivers coming towards me don’t perhaps require the same level of ‘me’ visibility as they are normally in their own lane.
Generally I just stick the headlights on and be done with it though….
And nothing annoys me more than ****ts who drive with fogs on when it is not necessary – particularly as someone said up the page, when it’s proper dark, but they think sidelights and fogs are acceptable.Posted 9 years agosockpuppetSubscriber
driving lights should be wired in with main beam, otherwise they’re fog lights and shouldn’t be on unless the visibility drops below 100m.
why people drive round with front fog lights on when it’s not foggy is beyond me (and indeed rear fog lights – but that’s another matter). maybe since they paid extra for them they feel they have the right to use them when ever they like?Posted 9 years ago
I have a theory that the fucktards who drive with their rear fogs on all the time think that the button on the dash is for their rear lights, so they think that they have to turn the front lights on with the stalk/dial/whatever and then their ‘rear lights’ with the other button.Posted 9 years agoGNARGNARMember
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All lights are set to automatic on my Merc so I don;t need to worry about switching them on or off.
Does that include automatically dipping? If it does, it doesnt bloody work. And if it doesnt then it seems all merc owners are under the mistaken impression that it does automatically dip.Posted 9 years ago
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