Drivers face £1,000 fine for not turning their headlights on in bad weather

Drivers face £1,000 fine for not turning their headlights on in bad weather under new highway code rule

  • Drivers could find themselves being fined for making a mistake in bad weather
  • All cars in the UK have automatic ‘daytime running lights’ (DRLs) for visibility
  • However, motorists must switch on brighter lights at night or in poor conditions
  • Failure to do so can see drivers slapped with a fine of up to £1,000 from police  

A new rule over car lights could see motorists slapped with a £1,000 fine for making a mistake or driving in bad weather.

All British cars must have ‘daytime running lights’ (DRLs) that switch on when the engine starts and help with visibility during the day.

However, if drivers rely on the low-level lights at night or in poor visibility instead of using dipped headlights, they could find themselves being fined £1,000.

Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing told Somerset Live: ‘DRLs have been helping to improve road safety for more than a decade now. But I’d urge motorists to understand precisely how they work and what job they’re supposed to do.

Motorists could find themselves being fined up to £1,000 if they don't get their lights right in bad weather

Motorists could find themselves being fined up to £1,000 if they don’t get their lights right in bad weather 

‘Here at Select, we’ve heard countless reports of people failing to illuminate their headlights and taillights while driving in poor visibility in recent weeks, and there’s a fear motorists might mistakenly believe that their DRLs are sufficient in those sorts of conditions. They’re not!

Failure to illuminate properly can lead to a £1,000 fine if spotted by the police. Taking proactive control of the different lights you use will increase your safety and reduce any risk on winter journeys.’ 

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