Foggy days – use your lights!

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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canberralocal canberralocal 6:55 pm 05 Jun 11

Solidarity said :

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

Problem?

Could be an issue when turning right at a roundabout…

Deckard Deckard 5:16 pm 05 Jun 11

JC said :

Deckard said :

So does that make it ok then? A few deaths from a multi car collision would put us in the big league wouldn’t it?

No, not at all. I was trying to make the point that bad drivers aren’t just from Canberra. They’re everywhere.

Watson Watson 4:06 pm 05 Jun 11

Deckard said :

Watson said :

JC, don’t you know that most Canberra drivers are smarter than drivers elsewhere? They KNOW that if you only speed up enough, you’ll be out of the fog (or rain) faster!

I don’t think Canberra drivers have a mortgage on not driving to conditions…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-vehicle_collision

I only just told my daughter the story of the biggest pile up in Belgian history because the fog last week reminded me of that! But that was a sudden fog patch that caused it, which caused the first cars to enter it to hit the brakes and – obviously because noone keeps an appropriate distance anyway – 120 cars piled on top of each other. And then – partly because of the sight of the carnage on the other side and partly because of the fog – 80 cars smashed into eachother on the other side of the freeway.

JC JC 3:57 pm 05 Jun 11

Deckard said :

I don’t think Canberra drivers have a mortgage on not driving to conditions…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-vehicle_collision

So does that make it ok then? A few deaths from a multi car collision would put us in the big league wouldn’t it?

Deckard Deckard 12:50 pm 05 Jun 11

Watson said :

JC, don’t you know that most Canberra drivers are smarter than drivers elsewhere? They KNOW that if you only speed up enough, you’ll be out of the fog (or rain) faster!

I don’t think Canberra drivers have a mortgage on not driving to conditions…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple-vehicle_collision

Jethro Jethro 11:53 am 05 Jun 11

JC said :

Fog driving lesson of the day: Sunday 5th June 2011:

If it is foggy and visibility is low SLOW down to a speed whereby you can stop your vehicle in the distance that you can see.

This morning in heavy fog at 5:30am my wife nearly got cleaned up 3 times by cars driving way too fast. She was heading city bound on William Hovell Drive and could see a car turning left off Coulter into William Hovell. This car was going at such a great speed he lost control of his car and rolled right in front of her and ended up in the right hand lane. She stopped to help and in a state of shock and quite rightly put her hazard lights on whilst a few other cars coming from Coulter stopped and offered help to the driver.

However whilst sitting there she came close to being rear ended twice. The first car was going so fast he had to swerve to miss her, and when going past without slowing blew the horn and carried on through, narrowly missing the crash and people in front. A second car then came up behind saw her, hit the anchors on and swerved and ended up stopped next to her. Clearly both these cars were going so fast they could not see her hazard lights through the fog and still be able to stop in time. Both want to consider themselves lucky she was stopped where she was otherwise they would have crashed into the crashed vehicle and as there were people out and walking around helping no doubt would have cleaned up them too thus causing a few injuries and probably deaths.

So slow the hell down in reduced visibility fog and if you see a car stopped with hazard lights on don’t abuse them with your horn, chances are they are stopped for a VERY good reason and are doing YOU a favor.

Why am I completely unsurprised by this story?

Watson Watson 10:34 am 05 Jun 11

JC, don’t you know that most Canberra drivers are smarter than drivers elsewhere? They KNOW that if you only speed up enough, you’ll be out of the fog (or rain) faster!

JC JC 9:19 am 05 Jun 11

Fog driving lesson of the day: Sunday 5th June 2011:

If it is foggy and visibility is low SLOW down to a speed whereby you can stop your vehicle in the distance that you can see.

This morning in heavy fog at 5:30am my wife nearly got cleaned up 3 times by cars driving way too fast. She was heading city bound on William Hovell Drive and could see a car turning left off Coulter into William Hovell. This car was going at such a great speed he lost control of his car and rolled right in front of her and ended up in the right hand lane. She stopped to help and in a state of shock and quite rightly put her hazard lights on whilst a few other cars coming from Coulter stopped and offered help to the driver.

However whilst sitting there she came close to being rear ended twice. The first car was going so fast he had to swerve to miss her, and when going past without slowing blew the horn and carried on through, narrowly missing the crash and people in front. A second car then came up behind saw her, hit the anchors on and swerved and ended up stopped next to her. Clearly both these cars were going so fast they could not see her hazard lights through the fog and still be able to stop in time. Both want to consider themselves lucky she was stopped where she was otherwise they would have crashed into the crashed vehicle and as there were people out and walking around helping no doubt would have cleaned up them too thus causing a few injuries and probably deaths.

So slow the hell down in reduced visibility fog and if you see a car stopped with hazard lights on don’t abuse them with your horn, chances are they are stopped for a VERY good reason and are doing YOU a favor.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 8:22 am 05 Jun 11

54-11 said :

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.

I’m entirely comfortable with them sharing some roads with each other, I just don’t want them sharing them with me!

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 12:14 am 05 Jun 11

+1 G.Ali. I stick my high beam on morons who drive with fog lights on when there are no hazards like fog around. My theory is, that if one wants to stick 4 bright lights in front of me, then I will do it back. Would have to agree with my wife though, who always comments “theyre idiots darl, they don’t understand why you are returning the gesture”. Funniest thing is, at least they slow down to the speed limit when I flash them with my high beam or fogs. As for Police Vans (in particular Tuggers Station), I am yet to muster up the courage to flash them for fog light use.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 6:26 pm 04 Jun 11

54-11 said :

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.

You should always remember that 50% of the worlds population is of below average intelligence.

Therefore, on any given day, half the cars you pass on the road are likely to be driven by stupid people. Some of them are right down on the bottom of the IQ bell curve, and would be classified as extremely stupid people, but they are still able to drive (and vote and procreate), just like the intelligent folks. Just keep at the forefront of your thoughts while on the road that there are huge numbers of very thick boofheads around you, and they will continuously do lots and lots of really stupid things.

This one simple concept explains most of what you see on the roads every day. In fact it explains most of what goes on in the whole world every day.

JC JC 4:26 pm 04 Jun 11

caak said :

What about all the nuckle heads who drive around at dusk (close to dark) under street lights with no lights on at all. This has got to be more dangerous then someone leaving fog lights on when there is no fog.

Almost every evening you can see examples of this.

Dunno about that. As I posted once before I have been startled a few times by cars using fog lights when there is no fog. So would probably put them on a par as driving without anylights.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 12:53 pm 04 Jun 11

qbngeek has made me seriously horny.

Watson Watson 10:00 am 04 Jun 11

I drove to work swearing at the barely visibles too. And turning on your lights in heavy rain is good too.

caak caak 8:35 am 04 Jun 11

What about all the nuckle heads who drive around at dusk (close to dark) under street lights with no lights on at all. This has got to be more dangerous then someone leaving fog lights on when there is no fog.

Almost every evening you can see examples of this.

jayskette jayskette 11:27 pm 03 Jun 11

The same people who don’t turn their brain on in the morning have their brains on overdrive at night… they put ALL the lights on + high beams… AT ALL TIMES… everywhere…

creative_canberran creative_canberran 11:09 pm 03 Jun 11

Some useful tips from VicRoad (as neither ACT nor NSW bother to offer any):

“Front fog lights are designed to better illuminate the road in fog, snowfall, rainstorms or dust clouds. They can be recognised by the narrow pattern of light emitted.
Road Rule 217 states that drivers must not use front or rear fog lights unless driving in fog or other hazardous weather conditions that cause reduced visibility.”

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferVehicles/VehicleDesignStandardsAndAccessories/FogAndDrivingLights.htm

Fog lights emit a horizontally narrow beam slightly downwards to illuminate the road while minimising light bounce. Great when you have dense fog, not so much when it’s clear and you blinding other drivers.

As for this morning, glad to see about 3/4 of drivers had their regular lights on around 9am driving into the City. However given by that time of the morning, visibility had improved to about 300m, really no need for fogs on like a dozen or so people still had, sometimes without regular lights on too.

JC JC 9:32 pm 03 Jun 11

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

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.

Your half right. These days fog lights don’t have to be yellowish and are normally white. Your also right that fog lights do nothing to improve what you can see in fog like we have today, it either has to be much thicker or as you said dark for the lights to be of use to you. However they do make you stand out more to other vehicles which is half the battle so clearly of use of normal beam with our without fog lights in fog like we experienced today is a good thing. Use of parkers or no lights at all is pure stupidity.

As to the mentality of people when they drive it makes me wonder. The other night I was eating at Phnom Phen restaurant in Belconnen with a clear high view over the roundabout and I was pissed and amazed at what I saw in the hour that I was there, could well be the basis of another thread. The clincher though was when we left, at about 8pm so pitch black and when I got to the roundabout a dark blue Mistushiti Magna came through with headlights off. I then followed said car down Southern Cross drive (because thats where we were headed might I add) and it wasn’t until he was near Kippax that he realised his lights were off and decided to turn them on. Really makes you wonder, as clearly the whole way down he mustn’t have took one look at his dash and realise something was amis!

The Traineediplomat The Traineediplomat 7:53 pm 03 Jun 11

qbngeek said :

In addition to the points above I have several homosexual friends, two of which I work with, and neither of them are female genitalia.

Quote of the year contender there….

BenMac BenMac 7:34 pm 03 Jun 11

It’s funny reading the comments about having light on during the day. I was suprised when I drove to Perth to see signs saying to turn your lights on during the day to enhance visibility.

Although they may be a bit different to us, as I was told not to incidate while forming 1 lane in WA as it gives driver the sh*ts, supposedly.

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