Driving is an activity that we must carry out on a regular basis. There are many of us who have to use our car every day, and at different times.
On some occasions we will have to drive with adverse weather characteristics; in others, it will be essential to move on the road in full sunlight, or even at night.
All these factors are really important since they demand to use the lights of our car in a certain way, which will favor good visibility and safer and more optimal driving, both for us and for those drivers who circulate around us.
For this reason , knowing how to use the lights in our car properly is an essential requirement to contribute to this safety.
Sometimes, the number of types of lights that the vehicles contain can generate doubts or ignorance regarding how and when to use them. Therefore, it becomes necessary to provide a little information about it.
When to use the different lights of our vehicle?
Generally, vehicles usually have different types of light, all of them with certain functions. With these keys, it will be very easy for us to know when to activate them.
They are the basic lights of our vehicle, they allow us to give visibility to our car at any time, as well as to position ourselves in the environment in front of others. They are given a very common use, due to their advantages in driving.
We must activate them when we drive at night or in poor visibility conditions (including dusk and dawn, inside tunnels …). We must also activate them in case of fog, rain, snow or other adverse weather conditions that may hinder the visibility of the road and its elements.
The DGT recommends driving with the low beams activated throughout the day , even if we are in broad daylight and without elements that may obstruct vision. These lights produce greater visibility, and therefore are beneficial both in the city and on the road.
They are those lights that allow us to make a larger area visible, as they radiate their light to a larger space. They are used at night, due to the darkness of the moment, and their use must be regulated according to rules.
They can only be activated when there is no pedestrian or vehicle in sight , or when our distance from it is greater than 50 meters. If it is lower, we must always deactivate them and leave the dipped headlights on. We can also activate them when a license plate is not visible at a distance of 10 meters or more, and as long as we travel at more than 40km / h.
Front and rear fog lights
These types of lights are especially suitable for use in adverse weather conditions, such as fog, rain or snow , as well as in those sections where there is smoke, dust or other elements that disturb visibility.
Thanks to its position, we can easily distinguish the delimitation of the road, which allows us to circulate on it without problems.
Although the front fog lights are not mandatory (but recommended), the rear lights are present in all vehicles. These are one or two red lights, located at the rear of the vehicle, whose function is to give you visibility to avoid collisions.
These types of lights indicate the position of our vehicle to other drivers who share the road with us. They will be activated when we must immobilize our vehicle on the road, so that any driver can see it and avoid it. Its objective is to offer a point of light that warns of our position.
This light is activated automatically each time we activate the reverse gear of our vehicle , remaining on throughout our journey and deactivating when the reverse position is removed.
Although some of the lights in our vehicles are activated automatically, others need our knowledge of how and when to activate them to improve our visibility. Thanks to these keys, we will be able to make good use of them.