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Foggy days – use your lights!

By Gungahlin Al - 3 June 2011 39

So you are driving to work this morning thinking to yourself “Wow this is a real London-style pea souper this morning – I can hardly see the car in front of me.”

But you are also one of the many many people who don’t seem to have figured out that maybe it would be a good idea to turn your lights on?

If this is you, then there are probably a few people at ANU would like you to get in contact with you so they can do a research project on how you managed to get out of bed this morning and get on your way to work without actually turning your brain on.

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Foggy days – use your lights!
The Traineediplomat 4:15 pm 03 Jun 11

Living in Europe, where headlights are required at all times, no matter the weather (you high beam it up on highways at night or foggy weather), we find that no-one has a problem with the “I say old bean could you turn your gosh-darn lights off you son of a motherless goat” kinda crowd.

Guess it depends what the culture is…..

ConanOfCooma 4:07 pm 03 Jun 11

Yeah, they are pretty bad. I encountered a white ute heading towards Cooma this morning without his lights on… Either that or it was the Driving Dutchman.

Rawhide Kid Part3 4:01 pm 03 Jun 11

I always thought fog lights the amber type) were only effective in night driving, that is for the driver to see the road in front of them. And normal low beam head lights in daylight fog is adequate to be seen by others. Correct me if I’m wrong here.

Jivrashia 3:36 pm 03 Jun 11

qbngeek said :

Now would you kindly f**k off back to Kambah or Belcrompton and leave the decent folk alone.

He could very well be from a bung-hole called Queanbeyan.

Holden Caulfield 3:29 pm 03 Jun 11

hoody said :

Reminds me of a letter to editor in that old open road magazine (NRMA monthly) a long time ago. “I’ve been turing my lights on during the day so that my car is more visible on the road. It must be working because everyone is flashing their lights at me now”

Well low beams on during normal daylight hours is no bad thing in my book.

Anyway, I agree with Gungahlin Al. Worse than no foglights, though, are those that actually make the effort to switch on lights, but only turn on their parkers/sidelights. I most cases this makes SFA difference until you’re nice and close.

When driving in foggy conditions it’s pretty simple: low beams, foglights or GTFO, haha!

Solidarity 3:19 pm 03 Jun 11

qbngeek said :

And it got even better for me, as I came past the airport, which was particularly soupy, heading towards Monaro Highway from Queanbeyan I came up behind another car. We pulled up to the lights side by side and the delightful young chappy wound (is that the right word for an electric window) his passenger window down and yelledout to me ‘Turn ya fog lights off you stupid f$$k, do they make ya sh!77y car look cool or something, ya g@y c**t ‘. I was so dumbfounded as his stupidity adn language skills that I shook my head in disbelief and continued on my way.

Well young man, no they do not make my car look cool, what they do do however is make the car easier to see (something which my HID headlights seem to be rubbish at in the fog) and therefore less likely to be hit by an oncoming car. Please note that once I was on the Monaro and past Fyshwick where the bad fog had cleared I turned them off and just left my headlights on.

Also my ‘sh!77y’ car is 18 months old and cost a considerable sum of money. Which I was willing to pay for the reliability and the 5 star safety rating which protect your family (a big buying point for me as this car replaced the one I was in when someone fell asleep at the wheel and hit me head on). I suspect your VN cost about $1500 and about as safe as tickling a lions nutsack with a feather while wering a suit made of sausages.

In addition to the points above I have several homosexual friends, two of which I work with, and neither of them are female genetalia. They are however kind caring people and the best mates one could hope for, unlike your bogan mates who would never have the stones to come out of the closet and barely manage to remember to keep breathing and not drool on themselvesl at the same time.

My suggestion to you, young sir, is that you pull your goddamn head in, learn to keep you mouth shut and I am guessing that you need some education in correct manners as well. The sad thing is I would have picked you about 4-6 years younger than myself and if I ever spoke to someone like that I would expect to be punched in the face.

Now would you kindly f**k off back to Kambah or Belcrompton and leave the decent folk alone. I hear there are some nature reserves you can go play in at the moment, make sure you dress as a Kangaroo and do us all a favour.

I apologise for the rant but I have been contemplating making a new post all day, but this seems an appropriate outlet. And before you ask, no I did not report it to the cops as I did not consider it a road rage incident worth investigating.

Not only did he get his point across, but it’s left you thinking about it all day, burning in your memory – It’s even cost you time.

I’d say that he is clearly the one who has won here.

hoody 2:36 pm 03 Jun 11

Reminds me of a letter to editor in that old open road magazine (NRMA monthly) a long time ago. “I’ve been turing my lights on during the day so that my car is more visible on the road. It must be working because everyone is flashing their lights at me now”

The Frots 2:32 pm 03 Jun 11

qbngeek said :

And it got even better for me, as I came past the airport, which was particularly soupy, heading towards Monaro Highway from Queanbeyan I came up behind another car. We pulled up to the lights side by side and the delightful young chappy wound (is that the right word for an electric window) his passenger window down and yelledout to me ‘Turn ya fog lights off you stupid f$$k, do they make ya sh!77y car look cool or something, ya g@y c**t ‘. I was so dumbfounded as his stupidity adn language skills that I shook my head in disbelief and continued on my way.

Well young man, no they do not make my car look cool, what they do do however is make the car easier to see (something which my HID headlights seem to be rubbish at in the fog) and therefore less likely to be hit by an oncoming car. Please note that once I was on the Monaro and past Fyshwick where the bad fog had cleared I turned them off and just left my headlights on.

Also my ‘sh!77y’ car is 18 months old and cost a considerable sum of money. Which I was willing to pay for the reliability and the 5 star safety rating which protect your family (a big buying point for me as this car replaced the one I was in when someone fell asleep at the wheel and hit me head on). I suspect your VN cost about $1500 and about as safe as tickling a lions nutsack with a feather while wering a suit made of sausages.

In addition to the points above I have several homosexual friends, two of which I work with, and neither of them are female genetalia. They are however kind caring people and the best mates one could hope for, unlike your bogan mates who would never have the stones to come out of the closet and barely manage to remember to keep breathing and not drool on themselvesl at the same time.

My suggestion to you, young sir, is that you pull your goddamn head in, learn to keep you mouth shut and I am guessing that you need some education in correct manners as well. The sad thing is I would have picked you about 4-6 years younger than myself and if I ever spoke to someone like that I would expect to be punched in the face.

Now would you kindly f**k off back to Kambah or Belcrompton and leave the decent folk alone. I hear there are some nature reserves you can go play in at the moment, make sure you dress as a Kangaroo and do us all a favour.

I apologise for the rant but I have been contemplating making a new post all day, but this seems an appropriate outlet. And before you ask, no I did not report it to the cops as I did not consider it a road rage incident worth investigating.

You have not had a good day!! Lets hope the weekend is better!

The Frots 2:31 pm 03 Jun 11

Great post Al – and a good reminder to everyone to turn their damn lights on!!!!!

54-11 2:25 pm 03 Jun 11

Good on you, Al. Hit two of my pet peeves in one – morons who don’t turn their lights on when they should and other morons who turn their supplementary lights on when they shouldn’t.

Makes you wonder about the mentality of the people we have to share the roads with.

Thoroughly Smashed 2:18 pm 03 Jun 11

Solidarity said :

My car has no electrics, good thing it’s carburetted.

Problem?

I guess it might be when the sun goes down.

Solidarity 2:08 pm 03 Jun 11

My car has no electrics, good thing it’s carburetted.

Problem?

triffid 2:07 pm 03 Jun 11

Felix the Cat said :

I’m sure these are the same morons that drive around on fine sunny days with their fog lights on.

That was my observation of this morning’s efforts, Felix. Still the same ‘control group’ out there though (silver / grey or black cars that, it seems, all have ultra violet lighting systems. No need to ever turn anything on irrespective of ambient light conditions with them. I suppose since they can see OK . . .).

qbngeek 2:06 pm 03 Jun 11

And it got even better for me, as I came past the airport, which was particularly soupy, heading towards Monaro Highway from Queanbeyan I came up behind another car. We pulled up to the lights side by side and the delightful young chappy wound (is that the right word for an electric window) his passenger window down and yelledout to me ‘Turn ya fog lights off you stupid f$$k, do they make ya sh!77y car look cool or something, ya g@y c**t ‘. I was so dumbfounded as his stupidity adn language skills that I shook my head in disbelief and continued on my way.

Well young man, no they do not make my car look cool, what they do do however is make the car easier to see (something which my HID headlights seem to be rubbish at in the fog) and therefore less likely to be hit by an oncoming car. Please note that once I was on the Monaro and past Fyshwick where the bad fog had cleared I turned them off and just left my headlights on.

Also my ‘sh!77y’ car is 18 months old and cost a considerable sum of money. Which I was willing to pay for the reliability and the 5 star safety rating which protect your family (a big buying point for me as this car replaced the one I was in when someone fell asleep at the wheel and hit me head on). I suspect your VN cost about $1500 and about as safe as tickling a lions nutsack with a feather while wering a suit made of sausages.

In addition to the points above I have several homosexual friends, two of which I work with, and neither of them are female genetalia. They are however kind caring people and the best mates one could hope for, unlike your bogan mates who would never have the stones to come out of the closet and barely manage to remember to keep breathing and not drool on themselvesl at the same time.

My suggestion to you, young sir, is that you pull your goddamn head in, learn to keep you mouth shut and I am guessing that you need some education in correct manners as well. The sad thing is I would have picked you about 4-6 years younger than myself and if I ever spoke to someone like that I would expect to be punched in the face.

Now would you kindly f**k off back to Kambah or Belcrompton and leave the decent folk alone. I hear there are some nature reserves you can go play in at the moment, make sure you dress as a Kangaroo and do us all a favour.

I apologise for the rant but I have been contemplating making a new post all day, but this seems an appropriate outlet. And before you ask, no I did not report it to the cops as I did not consider it a road rage incident worth investigating.

Felix the Cat 1:47 pm 03 Jun 11

I’m sure these are the same morons that drive around on fine sunny days with their fog lights on.

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