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Car sidelights

16-May-2011 17:06
in General
by Admin

Car sidelights: what are the driving rules and regs?


When we hear the term "sidelights", most drivers will automatically think of the small / dim lights on the front of the vehicle.


However, this term also includes the rear number plate light.


In some cars, these lights come on automatically when the engine is switched on.


It is true to say that sidelights are of limited use when compared with headlights, particularly in winter weather conditions. However, there are certain times where their use is vitally important.


Sunset and Sunrise


Sidelights must be switched on between sunset and sunrise even in brightly lit areas as they will help other road users to see your vehicle.


If you have a dark coloured car, you may consider switching on these lights earlier.




Sidelights must be switched on when your car is parked on a road (or a lay-by on a road) where the speed limit is greater than 30mph. This will make it easier for other road users, particularly motor vehicles, to see you.


They must also be switched on if your vehicle, for unavoidable reasons, is parked on any road in fog.
In summary; although sidelights do not provide enough light for you to effectively plan your drive at night, they can, when used correctly, provide valuable information to other road users, thus reducing the risk of you andyour vehicle being involved in a road traffic incident.






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