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to remind you all to turn your car lights on.

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healstorturepeople Tue 13-Nov-12 19:06:58

Just walked to the supermarket. There was a queue of cars leaving and heading onto the main road. I spotted 3 without their lights on.

Please remember to turn your lights on when you leave a light area.

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Tue 13-Nov-12 19:12:08

I have a Volvo. It's lights are always on if the engine is on grin

ShatnersBassoon Tue 13-Nov-12 19:12:24

I think the people who forget are those that usually drive a car with automatic headlights ie me when I drive my mum's car. I got pulled over after forgetting to put them back on after getting petrol in a very very well lit area in my mum's granmobile.

Easy mistake to make. Flash them, or do the internationally recognised hand gesture for lights (and boob honking).

healstorturepeople Tue 13-Nov-12 19:18:31

I was walking so couldn't flash them or beep them. I did the flashing signal but none of them saw me.

You are probably right about the automatic lights.

wewereherefirst Tue 13-Nov-12 19:20:03

I really can't understand why you wouldn't notice the instrument panel being invisible as it's linked to the lights.

dinkybinky Tue 13-Nov-12 19:21:47

Thats kind of you. I often see people who have forgotten to put their lights on, soooo dangerous.

GwendolineMaryLacey Tue 13-Nov-12 19:23:25

The instrument panel isn't invisible when the lights aren't on, it's just dimmer.

RudolphUcker Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:19

I've done it this week - it's surprisingly easy in a very well lit place.
Someone flashed me, but nobody made the boob honking sign <sad>

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 13-Nov-12 19:24:54

My instrument panel lights up the minute I turn the key in the ignition regardless of whether my lights are on or not.

Northernlurker Tue 13-Nov-12 19:26:04

My instrument panel lights up whether lights are on or not. I agree it's when leaving a lit area that you need to be extra vigilant. Leaving the supermarket is the place I've done it twice.

Justforlaughs Tue 13-Nov-12 19:41:25

When working in the petrol station I can guarantee at least 3 people during a 3 hour shift will leave the main carpark without their lights on, drive round the roundabout and into the distance. Drives me nuts! YANBU.

bureni Tue 13-Nov-12 19:43:57

The sooner driving lights are made compulsory in all cars the better.

Littlebluetoo Tue 13-Nov-12 19:52:20

A month ago I was coming up the M11 from Stansted, it was almost completely dark and this car came up behind me with no lights on. With the bright lights of the other cars behind me, this guy was almost invisible. I was convinced I was about to watch a pile up....really, really scary!

mrskeithrichards Tue 13-Nov-12 20:02:43

I thought all cars had headlights grin

bureni Tue 13-Nov-12 20:04:25

They do , problem is people dont turn them on.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 13-Nov-12 20:04:34

They do, driving lights are not headlights.

OpheliaPayneAgain Tue 13-Nov-12 20:22:49

Thank you so much, I never thought to think back to my highway code and put my lights on within 20 mins of sunset.

amicissimma Tue 13-Nov-12 20:42:01

On the subject, can I ask you to get the alignment of your lights checked. This is specially important when you are driving in built-up areas. If your lights are dazzling other road users it can add to the danger to cyclists, however well lit, and pedestrians.

School uniforms seem to always be dark coloured. If drivers' eyes' pupils are closed down from bright lights, school children can disappear.

When in heavy, slow-moving traffic, where there are a lot of pedestrians about, consider temporarily switching your headlights off and using sidelights. Your car will still be visible, specially if there is street lighting, but drivers entering/leaving side turnings will be able to see other road-users better. Also, please take your foot off the brake and use your handbrake when it's clear you won't be moving in the next 10 seconds. Those brake lights are very tiring for the driver behind.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 13-Nov-12 20:48:04

And, while we're on the subject of lights, turn your fog lights off if the visibility is not below 100m or if you're in heavy traffic or if it's raining.

LadyMaryCrawley Tue 13-Nov-12 20:52:32

Speaking of fog lights, if it's foggy, please turn them on. I have a rural commute to work and the number of people who not only don't bother with fog lights but ANY kind of lights in the fog is unbelievable. Just because you can see where you're going doesn't mean I can see you. And no, sidelights in fog are a joke. You may as well just lean out of the window and use your mobile phone to light your way. Your lights are not just there to help you see. They're there so you can be seen as well.

RudolphUcker Tue 13-Nov-12 21:02:50

I agree with the brake lights comment - particularly the cars that have one on the rear windscreen or a 'bar' type light. They're blinding at close range.

SweetestThing Tue 13-Nov-12 21:09:40

...and turn your fog lights off when it isn't foggy. The number of people I see driving with fog lights in perfectly clear conditions, sometimes in daylight too - sheesh!

TellyRotsYourBrain Tue 13-Nov-12 21:32:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

tigerdriverII Tue 13-Nov-12 21:36:36

And while we're on a roll, check to make sure both your lights are working and you don't have one on full beam and one not working. Feels like half the cars round here are like that!

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