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Use and operation of fog lights

[Use and operation of fog lights] The use of car lights is directly related to driving safety. Correct use of car lights can not only protect your own safety, but also create an orderly traffic environment. However, in our lives, there are some people who "know how to drive" but do not really use the lights correctly. They often turn the high beams on all the way, which brings safety risks to themselves and others. But don’t worry, in this article, let’s talk about car fog lights and how to use them. No long explanations here, just practical car knowledge.

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Fog lights, as the name suggests, are light signals used in rainy and foggy weather. Its main feature is its strong penetration in fog. In weather with low visibility, it is easy for vehicles or pedestrians to notice it early, thereby effectively preventing accidents. However, it should be noted that fog lights cannot be used as daily lighting. Using fog lights at night with good visibility has no less harmful effects than abusing high beam lights.

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● Under what circumstances do fog lights need to be used?

As I said above, fog lights are lights used in heavy fog and other weather with low visibility. According to the Road Traffic Law, when visibility is less than 200 meters in rainy and foggy days, motor vehicles should turn on their fog lights.

Of course, this 200 meters is only a safe driving distance. Whether to turn on the fog lights immediately depends more on the actual situation. In addition, many car owners think that it does not matter whether they turn on the fog lights or not because the speed is not too fast in urban areas. In fact, this idea is wrong. In daily driving, fog lights should be turned on whenever one of the following conditions applies:

when it pours

When heavy rain pours down, a driver's vision is easily blurred, and sometimes it is difficult to judge the surrounding situation. At this time, you can consider turning on your fog lights to alert drivers around you of your presence.

When the smog covers

Needless to say, it is necessary to turn on the fog lights in heavy fog, so as not to hit others and to avoid being hit by others.

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However, it should be noted that although fog lights can help vehicles or pedestrians see them early, it does not mean that they can be used at all times, especially when the front and rear fog lights are turned on. Because fog lights are brighter than ordinary car lights and have strong scattering, if they are lit randomly when unnecessary, they will only interfere with the sight of other motorists, especially the sight of oncoming cars. In serious cases, it may Causing a car accident. Therefore, traffic regulations in many countries clearly stipulate that vehicles are prohibited from turning on fog lights when visibility is good.

● How to check whether the fog lights are on in the car?

Of course, not all misuse of fog lights is intentional. Some novices may turn on their fog lights by mistake without noticing it themselves, let alone realizing that the fog lights are causing interference to others. Many novices will have this question: How do I know if the fog lights are on when I am sitting in the car? It is very simple, we can tell it by just looking at the icons on the dashboard.

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Next, we need to understand clearly where the fog light switch is and how the fog lights are turned on, so as to avoid affecting others due to our own misoperation.

● Where is the fog light switch?

Most of the current models on sale will have the fog light switch set behind or on the left side of the steering wheel, and there will be a conspicuous sign to remind the user.

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● How to turn on the fog lights?

After turning on the width lights, you can turn on the fog lights. Among them, the front fog lights can be turned on independently; the rear fog lights can only be turned on at the same time as the front fog lights and cannot be turned on independently. There are two main styles of fog light switches, push-button type and knob type. Different car manufacturers will have their own methods of turning on fog lights.

1. Push-button fog light switch

This kind of fog light switch is relatively common on American brands such as General Motors and Ford. The characteristic of this opening method is that it is easy to operate and the corresponding functions can be realized with one click.

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2. Knob type fog light switch

This kind of fog light switch itself is divided into two styles: one is integrated on the left lever (turn signal lever), which is common in independent brand and Japanese brand models; the other is independently set in the form of a knob in the middle In the area on the left side of the console, Volkswagen models are typical representatives of this type of fog light switch.

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Summary: Fog lights are like a double-edged sword. If used properly, they can greatly reduce the occurrence of traffic accidents. If not used properly, they can become the cause of accidents. Therefore, the majority of car enthusiasts must remember: fog lights can only play their due role in an environment with low visibility. We should not force them to bear the burden of daily lighting.

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