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A Ministerial lesson in how to use your fog lights

By johnboy - 16 March 2012 58

With his Minister for Police hat on Simon Corbell is letting you all know how to use fog lights properly:

“There appears to be a misconception in the community about the use of fog lights and drivers may not be aware that it is illegal to use fog lights when driving in normal weather conditions,” Mr Corbell said.

“Fog lights were designed to help drivers see and be more visible when driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions which can reduce visibility.

“Different to long distance driving lights, fog lights have a low, flat, wide beam that illuminates the road below fog or mist and this can be hazardous to drivers in other normal driving conditions by blocking or minimising their vision.

“Since March 2000 it became an offence to use rear fog lights in non-inclement weather but it did not become an offence to use front fog lights in non-hazardous weather until the road rules were amended in March 2010.”

Fog lights were designed to be mounted low on a vehicle’s front bumper and have a beam pattern that is low and diffused, unlike a headlight which has a focussed beam.

Rear fog lights were designed to allow a vehicle to be seen by drivers behind that vehicle.

“It is an offence to drive with driving lights on that may dazzle and distract other drivers, even if those driving lights were mounted below the bumper bar of the vehicle,” he said.

“ACT Policing has issued a small number of traffic infringement notices for fog light related offences in past years, however officers were also aware that many drivers do not realise they have their fog lights on. Cautionary measures will continue to be taken, however fines can be issued of up to $102 for the offence.

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A Ministerial lesson in how to use your fog lights
Innovation 5:49 pm 16 Mar 12

It’s interesting to see all of the people sledging Subaru drivers here. FWIW the fog light switch (and warning light) on the Forester is beside the right knee and out of the line of sight behind the steering wheel. It’s so easy to accidentally turn on and requires constant checking that I’m thinking about disconnecting these lights.

Felix the Cat 5:03 pm 16 Mar 12

I can’t believe that people need a lesson on when to use fog lights. Do people need lessons too on when to wipe their arses?

jawm 5:00 pm 16 Mar 12

I’m definitely in the ‘why do you have your !@#&*!$ fog lamps on when it’s not foggy?!?!’ camp.

However I’m sure on some cars it might be easy to overlook that the fog lamps are on (from the driver’s perspective i.e. less than perfect ergonomics when it comes to switches/dashboard symbols).
Also, let’s face it folks you don’t need a commercial pilot’s licence to drive a car, there must be a lot of people out there who find all the buttons/dials/symbols in some modern cars a bit of a challenge (said only slightly condescendingly).

But speaking of cars and lights… what I’d REALLY like to see is more government/police action against the huge number of drivers who feel they don’t need to use their indicators. Those little ”stork things’ on the side of the steering wheel have a purpose – one that seems to be lost of many drivers.

Erg0 4:50 pm 16 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

Erg0 said :

I must admit that I drove around for a couple of days in my most recently purchased (used) car before figuring out what that extra little symbol on the dash was trying to tell me. The fact thatthe cart was delivered with the fog lights switched on makes me doubt the ability of the previous owner to figure out such things.

Or, he didn’t think they were foglights, he thought they were “LOOKatMEi’MaTOOL” lights and was used to driving around with them on all the time.
Was it a Subaru?

A Honda, which I’m sure many would say is just as bad.

The fact that the sticker with instructions on how to load the CD player (hint: press the button marked LOAD) was still in place after four years of ownership probably didn’t enhance my opinion of his/her capability for independent thought.

Henry82 4:48 pm 16 Mar 12

SnapperJack said :

The Hyundai Getz has circles moulded for them in its front bumper but the lights themselves are missing.

imo it was a cost cutting measure so they can sell OEM fog light kits at extra cost.

dtc 4:42 pm 16 Mar 12

Bluey said :

One of my pet hates is people driving around in regular weather with their rear fog light on. Its bright, its annoying and very distracting and usually aside from overtaking them theres nothing you can do about it. Its not that hard people. Theres a little light on your dash that looks like a semi circle with some squiggly lines. If its on and its not foggy/extrememly rainy. TURN YOUR DAMN LIGHT OFF.

One of my pet hates is people who get worked up about fog lights, given that in the scheme of driving issues and dangers they are probably somewhere around no. 235 (if that)

pptvb 4:38 pm 16 Mar 12

This is also a big pet peeve of mine.
Funnily enough, a lot of people believe they are “driving lights”, whatever the hell they are!
Biggest offenders:
1. Subarus
2. Commondore Utes

SnapperJack 4:30 pm 16 Mar 12

Always on fog lights (or DRLs – daytime running lights) were all the rage about ten years ago. Then someone pointed out they were illegal so new cars stopped being made with them. The Hyundai Getz has circles moulded for them in its front bumper but the lights themselves are missing.

HenryBG 4:24 pm 16 Mar 12

Erg0 said :

I must admit that I drove around for a couple of days in my most recently purchased (used) car before figuring out what that extra little symbol on the dash was trying to tell me. The fact thatthe cart was delivered with the fog lights switched on makes me doubt the ability of the previous owner to figure out such things.

Or, he didn’t think they were foglights, he thought they were “LOOKatMEi’MaTOOL” lights and was used to driving around with them on all the time.
Was it a Subaru?

“officers were also aware that many drivers do not realise they have their fog lights on”

Since when has that been a defence? Just book them.

Holden Caulfield 4:20 pm 16 Mar 12

“Fog lights were designed to help drivers see and be more visible when driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions which can reduce visibility.”

So what are they designed for now?

Bluey 4:20 pm 16 Mar 12

One of my pet hates is people driving around in regular weather with their rear fog light on. Its bright, its annoying and very distracting and usually aside from overtaking them theres nothing you can do about it. Its not that hard people. Theres a little light on your dash that looks like a semi circle with some squiggly lines. If its on and its not foggy/extrememly rainy. TURN YOUR DAMN LIGHT OFF.

shirty_bear 4:09 pm 16 Mar 12

This was becoming a bit of a pet peeve of mine until I chipped a guy at work about doing it. He had no idea his fog lights were on … they’re on a separate switch to the headlights, but go off automatically when the engine is stopped (reportedly). For mine, this says something about the mentality and/or attentiveness of the plethora of Subaru drivers out there these days.

Given that RA has established that govco law enforcement is more about revenue-raising than safety, surely this is an obvious crackdown target? They’d make squillions.

Erg0 4:01 pm 16 Mar 12

I must admit that I drove around for a couple of days in my most recently purchased (used) car before figuring out what that extra little symbol on the dash was trying to tell me. The fact thatthe cart was delivered with the fog lights switched on makes me doubt the ability of the previous owner to figure out such things.

Sgt.Bungers 3:54 pm 16 Mar 12

One of my first rants on RA was regarding fog lights 🙂

http://the-riotact.com/fog-lights-and-driving-lights/7425

Brucer 3:49 pm 16 Mar 12

Once you notice them, it’s amazing how many cars you see driving around with fog lights on. It seems to be one of those things that is illegal but everybody does it anyway, like ignoring one way street markings in suburban shopping centre carparks.

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