Are your lights on?

November 28th, 2017

Lights on for safety


We all know how important it is that we keep our headlights on in poor visibility conditions and practically all vehicles have day time running lights. This is a good feature (that is also law in Canada since December 1989). However, what many people don’t realize is that the tail lights don’t always illuminate at the same time as the running lights.

With early darkness and rain, a vehicle without the tail lights being on is practically invisible to other motorists. The driver may see some illumination in front of them and assume all is good. It’s amazing how many drivers remain unaware of the danger they are presenting, despite other motorists flashing their own lights. If your dashboard isn’t fully lit, then you likely do not have your regular head and tail lights on. If you don’t have an automatic lighting system, then you should always ensure that your lights are on at dusk.

A new proposed law for 2020 that would require that new vehicle tail lights be automatically lighted when darkness fell or when the head lights automatically came on. That’s good news but it won’t solve the immediate problem of “phantom vehicles” at night.

If you do not understand why you can’t see properly or the person behind is flashing their lights, don’t assume they are merely being idiots. They could be trying to send you a very important message – they can’t see you, so please turn on your lights for everyone’s sake.