Too many auto lovers and car drivers do not understand the true purpose and utility of fog lights. Most people think the obvious is the only purpose that these lights serve – to provide illumination in foggy conditions. Their actual application however, is far more massive and a lot more practical. Let’s see how you can improve your driving visibility with fog lights.
Fog lights are there to improve your driving visibility in very specific conditions – when the atmosphere around you is highly reflective and your regular headlamps may actually be blinding you instead of providing illumination for the road. This can be during foggy conditions, during heavy rains and snow or driving in a snowy area where the angle of your regular headlamps is causing the light to reflect back at you, causing a total white-out. Many drivers cause the situation to get from bad to worse by flicking the lights from dipped to full – doubling the amount of glare being reflected back at them. These are the situations when fog lights can come in handy.
Flog lights are generally mounted lower down on the front of your car and are designed to cast a wider yet shorter beam of light. This simple change ensures that the light they produce is reflected in a lesser amount back at you, therefore improving your visibility and letting you see objects that are further away from your car. With the car’s regular headlights turned off and the light illumination from your fog lamps remaining low, the backscatter of light coming off the fog or snow is more or less eliminated, allowing you to see the road ahead of you much more clearly.
Many people tend to make the mistake of turning on their fog lights in addition to their regular headlights under the impression that the former is a means to allow others on the road to see you through the thick fog. You can see as explained above, that is NOT the actual purpose of fog lights and you will only cause even more light to reflect back towards your eyes rather, making driving difficult. You are therefore, advised to use only your fog lights in tough visibility conditions and refrain from turning on your car’s regular headlamps.
All in all, fog lights are a must have car accessory for people who have to deal with difficult weather conditions while on the road. If you live in or are visiting a place where snow, fog or heavy rain is a definite possibility, getting fog lamps for your car is an essential precaution. You will definitely appreciate the driving visibility difference that they will create.