The fog lights on your vehicle could stand between you and the safety of others if not switched on with this foggy weather.

As vehicles become more highly equipped with functionality that has only been around for about 10 years, such as WiFi capabilities, park-assists and even the evolution of self-driving vehicles, one has to  wonder, "Why aren't my rear lights engaged when my daytime running lights are on?"

Research suggests that back in 1991, the government regulated that if one's daylight running lights, or DRL, were on, you wouldn't need rear running lights on. This doesn't stop the brake lights from engaging when the brake pedal is pressed, but prevents your rear lights from illuminating while driving in the daytime.

"Any vehicle that has been manufactured for Canada since 1991, comes with daytime running lights," explained RCMP Constable Eric Doucette, "That means it simply turns on your head lights. That does not mean it turns on your tail lights. (Some) newer vehicles come so that it turns on all your lights as soon as you start your vehicle."

This story's birth began from hearing about a council member who almost rear-ended another vehicle which had its running lights on, but no tail lights.

"It's very wise when you're driving, to turn on your headlights when there is thick fog like this." Cst. Doucette continued, "The thing with daytime running lights is that they have a reduced intensity as well. So, it doesn't give you that visibility that you would if you had your headlights on. The thing with daytime running lights is it's not so much for you to see, but to be seen. The tailing diver may be responsible for the collision, however you could have prevented the collision had you perhaps had your tail lights on as well.."

 

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