I had my first request for my blog the other day and it came on a miserable, damp, dull winters morning. It was the kind of day when the big decision of the morning as you jump into the car is not whether you've scraped the ice off in time, got warm enough clothes on, everything with you you need, and have enough petrol it's 'should I put my lights on?'.
New cars nowadays have automatic headlights so the decision has been made for you by up to date technology but for the others it really comes down to a bit of common sense and self judgement. Some of us just forget to put them on and I have at some point, it's good though to check you have your own lights on before verbally abusing other drivers for not lighting up.
So yes it's annoying when people don't put their headlights on and potentially dangerous but there are also those who are at the other end of the debate who are 'fog light friendly' and put them on in just a little bit of mist blinding the rest of us, especially if you get stuck in a queue of traffic or sitting at traffic lights. To add to that is the 'brake light buddies' who have their foot permanently stuck on the brake pedal which is not good if you're sitting in a mini behind a Range Rover, that even requires a winter visit from the redundant sun visor.
The thing is if you're not quite sure whether to use your lights just pop them on anyway, it is a switch you can switch off later if you change your mind or the sun shines through. Get them checked regularly as there are a lot of cars around with lights out.
It will be spring soon, lighter nights will come around again so the only time we'll have to worry about lights is on our classic English summer days when it's pee'ing it down with rain. The important point for everyone on the road is that we all stay safe, there will always be road rage, people who rub you up the wrong way, we may be rushing because we are running late but just make you're verbal abuse look like you're singing the best rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and pretend any finger or hand gestures are your attempt at learning sign language.
Don't forget.....be nice, considerate, let people out of junctions, don't speed, jump red lights, (rich, coming from me) pop lights on, switch off fog lights unless its foggy, don't sit on your brake, indicate and there will be peace on the roads.....maybe!
Be good and catch you tomorrow.
Photo: courtesy of Charlie.
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