Not a foggy night

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What’s the deal with so many folks driving with fog lights on at night in perfectly clear weather? I was nearly blinded several times driving home the other night by fog lights! There was no fog and it was a clear night, but dozens of vehicles had their fog lights on.

The culprits were not the usual four-wheel-drive pickups on stilts with huge tires and overcompensating efforts to impress the world with their frontal illumination capabilities. No, these “illuminators” were the drivers of SUVs and passenger cars.

Fog lamps are meant for increased visibility directly in front of your vehicle at very low speeds or to improve overall visibility in fog (hence the name), rain or snow. Check it out yourself: Fog lights in clear weather do nothing to improve the distance you can see in front of your vehicle. Also having the extra set of lights on the front of the vehicle does not make you, for all practical purposes, any more visible to other drivers than what is accomplished by your headlights.

If anything, in fair weather fog lights blind oncoming drivers for no legitimate reason. Turn those things off when they’re not necessary!


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