FOG reduces visibility and can cause particularly challenging driving conditions.
If you are driving in heavy mist or freezing fog, it’s important you know how and when to use your fog lights.
Which symbol is for fog lights?
When you turn on your fog lights a symbol will light up on your dashboard to show that they’re on.
Usually, the indicator for the rear fog lights is amber and the light for the front fog lights is green.
The symbol you’re looking for is a lamp pointing to the left plus a wavy line with three lines through it – these are your front fog lights.
When you turn on your rear fog lights a lamp pointing to the right plus a wavy line with three lines through it will appear on your dashboard.
When should you use your fog lights?
Fog lights are designed to increase visibility and make driving in adverse weather conditions safer.
They are only for when mist causes visibility to drop below 100m – roughly the length of a football pitch.
If you don’t switch on your headlights under these conditions you could risk the safety of yourself or other road users.
If you are involved in an accident during fog and you don’t have your fog lights on it could mean that your insurance is invalid.
Is it ever against the law to use your fog lights?
If you use your fog lights at the wrong time you could be endangering other drivers and potentially breaking the law.
The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 says that it is illegal to use your lights to dazzle drivers coming towards you.
So switching on your fog lights just in rainy conditions is not allowed and you could be fined by the police if you are caught using them incorrectly.
How do you turn on your front and rear fog lights?
Every car is different, so you’ll need to check your manual to be sure you know how to switch on your fog lights.
But in general, you would start by switching on your headlights as normal.
Then locate the fog light symbol – which may be on the indicator stalk with the other light functions.
Or it could be a button to press on your dashboard.
View more information: https://www.the-sun.com/news/292090/fog-light-symbols-what-they-look-like-and-when-to-use-them/