Stealth Hondas in the fog

Barcham 2 July 2013 29

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Bigred’s eagle-eyes spotted this stealthy vehicle.

Some people just do not get it about turning lights on in fog. Just spotted this stealthy Honda on Heysen St this morning.

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KeenGolfer KeenGolfer 8:30 am 05 Jul 13

TheBusDriver said :

Is this all much ado about nothing much? Clearly the picture shows the Honda is visible, so are the three cars beyond it. It is not illegal to not have your headlights off in fog. Yes, common sense sugests you should have them on. Really though, it seems like a bit of an over reaction.

Incorrect. It is illegal not to have your headlights on during fog or other hazardous conditions of reduced visibility. Drivers can and do get booked for it.

ARR 215(1) Using lights when driving at night or in hazardous weather conditions
A driver must not drive at night, or in hazardous weather conditions causing reduced visibility unless:
(a) the headlights, tail lights and number plate light fitted to the driver’s vehicle are operating effectively and are clearly visible; and
(b) if the vehicle is fitted with clearance lights or side marker lights — those lights are operating effectively and are clearly visible.

sepi sepi 5:59 pm 04 Jul 13

If you lock your car door when you turn on your headlights during the day, you will remember to turn the lights off when you try to hop out and the door is locked.

this is what we did before the fancy beeps to remind us.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:26 pm 03 Jul 13

TheBusDriver said :

Is this all much ado about nothing much? Clearly the picture shows the Honda is visible, so are the three cars beyond it. It is not illegal to not have your headlights off in fog. Yes, common sense sugests you should have them on. Really though, it seems like a bit of an over reaction.

Own a grey Honda do we?
Visible when right behind it, and clearly on the side of a hill.
Much less so when coming the other way from further away, and even more so when dipping in and out of low-lying areas where the fog was thick as?

detached_dingleberry detached_dingleberry 9:23 am 03 Jul 13

Erg0 said :

This is one of those aspects of human behaviour that truly baffles me. I can figure out why some people don’t immunise their kids (even though I think they’re idiots), but I just can’t think of a single rationale, however ridiculous, for not turning on your headlights in thick fog…

Cheapskates trying to save a few cents worth of fuel.

Zeital Zeital 8:45 am 03 Jul 13

Felix the Cat said :

Probably the same people who don’t have their headlights on in the fog are the same ones that have their fog lights on during a clear sunny day

you know what, that is exactly what I was thinking

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 9:00 pm 02 Jul 13

Aeek said :

Erg0 said :

This is one of those aspects of human behaviour that truly baffles me. I can figure out why some people don’t immunise their kids (even though I think they’re idiots), but I just can’t think of a single rationale, however ridiculous, for not turning on your headlights in thick fog…

When I had an older car without the warning lights on beeping, I learnt not to turn them on during the day, as I would invariably leave them on.

It amazes me no end that after no less than 113 years of motoring, one can still leave the headlights on. On the other hand, approximately two weeks after the motorcycle was invented, they decided that turning the key off also turned the lights off…

Sandman Sandman 8:11 pm 02 Jul 13

That Honda looks perfectly visible to me, unlike the stealthy mass exodus of 2 wheeled devices coming out of civic on any given winter weekday at around 5:30.

switch switch 7:50 pm 02 Jul 13

scoot said :

I’m in the habit of turning my lights on when I get in the car and off when I get out. It doesn’t matter if it’s bright and sunny or dark and foggy – it’s safer and now habitual for me.

Bloody Volvo drivers…

JC JC 6:31 pm 02 Jul 13

This is not just a problem in fog but in heavy rain too. Last week on the day with heavy rain I was overtaken by a silver Toyota Aurion at around 4:40 in the afternoon that didn’t have its lights on, on Commonwealth Ave just before the London Circuit exit. As he came back into my lane (not leaving me a safe braking distance too might I add) you could not see the back of his car for the rain and the spray. So as you do I gave him a bit of a quick flash of the headlights as we headed down the London Circuit exit.

Well what an interesting experience as it turns out the car was an unmarked police car. After being pulled over I was lucky enough to just get a lecture on how dangerous it is to flash the headlights at cars rather than a fine. Thanks Mr Copper. When he finished his lecture about how I could have distracted a P or L plater I then asked why he thought it was ok to be driving in extremely poor visibility in a silver car to boot with no lights on. His response was gold, pure gold. The reason was the Aurion had auto lights and if the lights were not on it clearly wasn’t dark enough to warrant their use. Remember folks this came from a copper. Now that left me scratching my head. He then jumped into his car and headed off to the City cop shop, still with no lights on.

TheBusDriver TheBusDriver 6:23 pm 02 Jul 13

Is this all much ado about nothing much? Clearly the picture shows the Honda is visible, so are the three cars beyond it. It is not illegal to not have your headlights off in fog. Yes, common sense sugests you should have them on. Really though, it seems like a bit of an over reaction.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 5:50 pm 02 Jul 13

bundah said :

Almost as bad as the imbeciles that drive around at night in stealth mode.Oops I wondered why my dash lights weren’t working?? No s*** sherlock

You see that is becoming more of a problem because many modern cars have backlit instrumentation regardless of whether the lights are on or off.

Unfortunately my new ride doesn’t have the same auto-off feature that my old subaru had which meant I could leave the lights on so I will shortly be investing in the sort of kit they fit to mine site vehicles so when the ignition is on the lights are on..no options.

scoot scoot 5:35 pm 02 Jul 13

Aeek said :

Erg0 said :

This is one of those aspects of human behaviour that truly baffles me. I can figure out why some people don’t immunise their kids (even though I think they’re idiots), but I just can’t think of a single rationale, however ridiculous, for not turning on your headlights in thick fog…

When I had an older car without the warning lights on beeping, I learnt not to turn them on during the day, as I would invariably leave them on.

There are several studies that advocate having your lights on whenever you are driving. See http://acrs.org.au/about-us/policies/safe-vehicles/daytime-running-lights/

I’m in the habit of turning my lights on when I get in the car and off when I get out. It doesn’t matter if it’s bright and sunny or dark and foggy – it’s safer and now habitual for me.

Aeek Aeek 4:38 pm 02 Jul 13

Erg0 said :

This is one of those aspects of human behaviour that truly baffles me. I can figure out why some people don’t immunise their kids (even though I think they’re idiots), but I just can’t think of a single rationale, however ridiculous, for not turning on your headlights in thick fog…

When I had an older car without the warning lights on beeping, I learnt not to turn them on during the day, as I would invariably leave them on.

beardedclam beardedclam 4:11 pm 02 Jul 13

Watson said :

I would say it was about 1 in 10 vehicles I met this morning that either didn’t have any lights on or had their parking lights only on which is basically the same in fog that dense. Amongst them were a couple of trucks and a school bus. I must admit that I am more likely to be a bit rude to drivers that cannot be bothered making themselves visible to others.

16 years ago, there was a 200 car pile-up on the freeway due to fog in my home country. I have respect for fog.

Drive along Horse Park Drive at 8.15 in the morning on a clear weekday and you will see at least 200 cars piled up.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 4:07 pm 02 Jul 13

Probably the same people who don’t have their headlights on in the fog are the same ones that have their fog lights on during a clear sunny day

FXST01 FXST01 3:50 pm 02 Jul 13

Erg0 said :

This is one of those aspects of human behaviour that truly baffles me. I can figure out why some people don’t immunise their kids (even though I think they’re idiots), but I just can’t think of a single rationale, however ridiculous, for not turning on your headlights in thick fog…

Doesn’t it go on your home electric bill?

gazket gazket 3:38 pm 02 Jul 13

I only see 1 Honda and I can see it fine.

bundah bundah 3:10 pm 02 Jul 13

Almost as bad as the imbeciles that drive around at night in stealth mode.Oops I wondered why my dash lights weren’t working?? No s*** sherlock

Erg0 Erg0 3:03 pm 02 Jul 13

This is one of those aspects of human behaviour that truly baffles me. I can figure out why some people don’t immunise their kids (even though I think they’re idiots), but I just can’t think of a single rationale, however ridiculous, for not turning on your headlights in thick fog…

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