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Drivers who don't put on their lights early enough

One of my pet hates is the driver , particularly in a dark car, coming towards me without lights on when it is obviously getting quite dark, and it is time to put lights on . This is a dangerouse situation when people try and pass a slow car and discover a car without lights, and therefore difficult to see, coming towards them,..Do people think that they wear out their lights if they use them too much!!

Last reply: 23rd Jul 2013 / 39 replies / Post by AURELLA

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sirwal

Posted by: sirwal
Posted: 18th Dec 2010

sirwal says: This is the reason your warning indicator lights last so long........they're only on half the time. But yes I fully agree with you, and believe just bcos I have good vision and can see it does mean other do so I put my lights on so they can see me. Reply

SarahEC

Posted by: SarahEC
Posted: 18th Dec 2010

SarahEC says: Amen to this! And also, why don't people put their lights on when it's raining? There are all these silver coloured cars on the road and the drivers don't seem to understand that when you're driving a rain coloured car on a rain coloured road, and it's raining; it's REALLY hard for other drivers to see you! Reply

ted

Posted by: ted
Posted: 20th Dec 2010

ted says: It is bad enough for drivers to drive at dusk without headlights but then there is the problem of drivers with misaligned headlights so you get binded as you come towards you and also the ones who seem to drive around at night with there driving/spotlights on. Reply

emmy19

Posted by: emmy19
Posted: 3rd May 2011

ted says: It is bad enough for drivers to drive at dusk without headlights but then there is the problem of drivers with misaligned headlights so you get binded as you come towards you and also the ones who...

emmy19 says: Drivers seem to have the opinion that if they can see ok they don't need the lights on, in inclimate weather it should be an offence to drive without your lights on as some colours of cars are very hard to see in bad weather or at dusk.
It is an offence to drive with driving/fog lights on when within 200 metres of another vehicle but police for some reason don't seem to enforce it.
As far as indicators are concerned a lot of drivers are of the opinion that they know where they are going and don't think others should know. Reply

jazlovestoskate

Posted by: jazlovestoskate
Posted: 29th Dec 2010

jazlovestoskate says: one thing my dad told me when i started driving is that everyone outside of my car is an idiot who cant drive, which (though he might be exageratting a little bit!) generally (and shockingly) seemed to be true, especially when the first time i start learning to drive at least 6 people made HUGE! mistakes right in front of me. i also hate it when people dont put their lights on if the time calls for it, like its dark or raining, they almost seem like an accident waiting to happen. its just common sense to put your light on, either some pople forget that or in my opinion, are a bit too stupid to care about the safety of them and the people around them, and it makes me sad when so many people forget the most important and simplist things (like using their indicator) Reply

AURELLA

Posted by: AURELLA
Posted: 31st Dec 2010

jazlovestoskate says: one thing my dad told me when i started driving is that everyone outside of my car is an idiot who cant drive, which (though he might be exageratting a little bit!) generally (and shockingly)...

AURELLA says: You are so right about the indicating, so many put it on just before they turn, instead of 100 metres ...and tailgating of course, so very dangerous, and done so often...and your Dad is right, you must be careful of the "Nut" behind the other wheel...have you noticed that as drivers go past you they nearly always are doing something else, like talking and looking at the person next to them, on the mobile , etc, etc...and one of my other Pet Hates is the driver who doesn't stop at a stop sign, what part of "stop" don't they understand???..... Reply

Ziah

Posted by: Ziah
Posted: 15th Jun 2011

AURELLA says: You are so right about the indicating, so many put it on just before they turn, instead of 100 metres ...and tailgating of course, so very dangerous, and done so often...and your Dad is right, you...

Ziah says: One is only required by law to indicate 30 metres before turning, merging, exiting, etc. Courtesy dictates indicating as soon as is practicable, but not so early that it could be confused with an earlier turn, driveway etc.
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Rumma

Posted by: Rumma
Posted: 16th Feb 2011

Rumma says: it's rare in my area that cars drive around with their lights off when it's getting dark, usually the other way around. I have a issue with the 'look at me' drivers that drive around with their driving lights on during the daylight hours. In Victoria it's illegal and unnecessary and not policed. It's now getting worse with the fancy LED lights on the expensive luxury models. Lets blame the manufactures then not the nut behind the wheel! Reply

weerobby

Posted by: weerobby
Posted: 16th Feb 2011

Rumma says: it's rare in my area that cars drive around with their lights off when it's getting dark, usually the other way around. I have a issue with the 'look at me' drivers that drive around with their...

weerobby says: I have just purchased a 2007 Holden Adventra and was pleased to find that it is fitted with automatic headlights which come on when the outside light reaches a certain level, fortunately I'll never use this system as my lights are on as soon as the ignition key is turned on. Oh by the way it is a dark grey/black vehicle, not my first choice. Reply

GrannyG

Posted by: GrannyG
Posted: 11th Aug 2011

Rumma says: it's rare in my area that cars drive around with their lights off when it's getting dark, usually the other way around. I have a issue with the 'look at me' drivers that drive around with their...

GrannyG says: Is it really illegal in VIC to drive in daylight with the headlights on? I don't live in VIC, and I thought it was legal in all states. I drive a silver/grey car, and usually turn on the lights as soon as I start the car so that it is more visible to other drivers on the grey roads. My mechanic and my son both constantly remind me to do so for my own safety. (When I first got the car I noticed that it seemed to be almost invisible to other drivers, resulting in a minor accident) Reply

Tibetan Spaniel

Posted by: Tibetan Spaniel
Posted: 23rd Jul 2013

GrannyG says: Is it really illegal in VIC to drive in daylight with the headlights on? I don't live in VIC, and I thought it was legal in all states. I drive a silver/grey car, and usually turn on the lights as...

Tibetan Spaniel says: No, it isn't illegal to drive with headlights on during the day. There is a stretch of road between Sale and Bairnsdale which has signs recommending daytime headlights. If it were illegal Vicroads wouldn't have that sign. Reply

kaz

Posted by: kaz
Posted: 19th Apr 2011

kaz says: I'm lucky enough that I have a 2008 model and the lights come on automatically. But I have noticed that in rainy wheather when it is dark during the day alot of people seem to drive blind. Reply

MandMm

Posted by: MandMm
Posted: 19th Apr 2011

MandMm says: Occassionally I will start driving at dusk and I will not remember to turn on my lights, it's purely by accident, and unless you are seeing the same offender do it again and again, they probably have just forgotten. Everyone knows that it's better to have your lights on when it's raining, or when it's dark, people don't deliberately leave their lights off in poor conditions. Reply

wojo12

Posted by: wojo12
Posted: 11th Apr 2012

MandMm says: Occassionally I will start driving at dusk and I will not remember to turn on my lights, it's purely by accident, and unless you are seeing the same offender do it again and again, they probably...

wojo12 says: How do you see what speed you are travelling at if your lights are not on??????? Reply

lilly

Posted by: lilly
Posted: 20th Apr 2011

lilly says: some people are just lame lazy to put on their indicator before they turn. Reply

davidnicholas

Posted by: davidnicholas
Posted: 23rd Apr 2011

davidnicholas says: I can understand people not noticing the dusk to dark transition, but I see people driving much later in the evening with just parking lights.. Maybe both headlights have just failed and that is all the lights they have. I think some of the cars are new enough that that isn't the case and these idiots are just driving by street lights and think they are clever.
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crpslady

Posted by: crpslady
Posted: 19th May 2011

crpslady says: I totally agree, just yesterday my hubby and i were pulling out of a driveway onto S.H 27 when a silver car came speeding down with no lights on and nearly took us out. Luckily hubby just saw him in time or it would of been bye bye for us. Some people need to use their brains when they get into a car, especially at night. Reply

marchi

Posted by: marchi
Posted: 29th May 2011

marchi says: Driving on country highways, 80% of people have there lights on during daylight and night driving this allows vehicles to be seen approaching much earlier and makes it safer for overtaking. I have noticed when in the city driving, drivers do not use their lights when driving in overcast conditions and this makes it especially hard to see dark coloured cars. Reply

Teejay

Posted by: Teejay
Posted: 6th Oct 2012

marchi says: Driving on country highways, 80% of people have there lights on during daylight and night driving this allows vehicles to be seen approaching much earlier and makes it safer for overtaking. I have...

Teejay says: I also find that silver/grey coloured vehicles tend to blend into the road colour on overcast days - especially if they haven't been washed for a while Reply

Recky

Posted by: Recky
Posted: 9th Jun 2011

Recky says: In Sweden the number of head on collisions dropped in the region of 30% when they made day running lights compulsory. A simple piece of pro-active safety Reply

Jojo

Posted by: Jojo
Posted: 3rd Aug 2011

Jojo says: Why dont they just make it compulsory like they have for Motorbike riders. You have to drive with your lights on anytime of the day! Reply

mars

Posted by: mars
Posted: 6th Oct 2012

Jojo says: Why dont they just make it compulsory like they have for Motorbike riders. You have to drive with your lights on anytime of the day!

mars says: I totally agree aswell. It should be compulsary and as a safety precaution too.
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Tibetan Spaniel

Posted by: Tibetan Spaniel
Posted: 23rd Jul 2013

mars says: I totally agree aswell. It should be compulsary and as a safety precaution too.

Tibetan Spaniel says: Easy solution to that would be what Volvos have. Their Parking aLights come on when they start the car. I am thinking about doing the same with my headlights as aI drive all the time with mine on and it's a proven fact that you will see me before I see you if my headlights are on. Therefore if I am seen earlier then I am safer. Reply

shel

Posted by: shel
Posted: 3rd Aug 2011

shel says: I agree I start work early some mornings leaving home around 5-5.30 in the morning and in change of season particularly autumn to winter, it is really difficult to see cars, especially behind me, and they speed past me and I didn't even see them till they are right beside me. I have a silver car and my headlights stay switched to on all the time, so when I hop into my car and switch it on the lights come on automatically. This is also a safety tool if parked in the dark. Reply

seven_sylvia

Posted by: seven_sylvia
Posted: 25th Sep 2011

seven_sylvia says: This is so true......I always see this while I am driving. They just don't think these people.....I drive with parkers when it's cloomy outside and in the country i always drive with lights. We need more education on this matter. Reply

Angie

Posted by: Angie
Posted: 17th Oct 2011

Angie says: In Perth people are terrible at putting on lights nearer dusk. If this happens in UK someone gives you a quick flash of their lights and the first thing you check is whether your lights are on, if not then you put them on. Here, there is just no response, folk are oblivious! Reply

Lil

Posted by: Lil
Posted: 20th Oct 2011

Lil says: not a problem if everyone drove with their light on all the time as I do. Its a good way to make sure that your car is the most visible it can be at all time on the road Reply

paradox

Posted by: paradox
Posted: 20th Oct 2011

paradox says: Hi AURELLA, I drive A green Mazda 121 with my lights on when it's not bright sunshine here in QLD. Guess what, whether the lights are on or not my little car must put on it's invisibility cloak as soon as I drive on any road. I think people are rude and just don't care. Courtesy will prevent many an accident and it costs nothing. Reply

Bradnz

Posted by: Bradnz
Posted: 17th Feb 2012

Bradnz says: No we don't think it wears out our lights. But we do know that the energy does not come from nowhere and that having your lights on will cause you to use more fuel. Also the road code clearly defines the hours of darkness. Reply

Tibetan Spaniel

Posted by: Tibetan Spaniel
Posted: 23rd Jul 2013

Bradnz says: No we don't think it wears out our lights. But we do know that the energy does not come from nowhere and that having your lights on will cause you to use more fuel. Also the road code clearly...

Tibetan Spaniel says: Who said your car uses more fuel if your headlights are on? Old wife's tail I think. Reply

Kessa1959

Posted by: Kessa1959
Posted: 18th Feb 2012

Kessa1959 says: We have set our car's lights to automatically come on once the light drops to a certain level so even when I drive into undercover car parks they automatically switch on. With our previous car which didn't have this option the lights were set to always be on and automatically turn off when the engine was stopped. Reply

PAULIE

Posted by: PAULIE
Posted: 1st Apr 2012

PAULIE says: I'd say they don't think that, because they just don't think. They assume because they can see others that others can see them. Reply

dave

Posted by: dave
Posted: 8th Apr 2012

dave says: there is some drivers in the world u question Reply

wojo12

Posted by: wojo12
Posted: 11th Apr 2012

wojo12 says: .... and another thing. Parking lights are designed for when you car is parked, as the name says. They should be disabled when the ignition is on, as they do not increase the visibility of the car sufficiently for highway use. This would also overcome the problem of people driving at night who think their headlighta are on when in fact they are not. Reply

Anonymous

Posted by: Anonymous
Posted: 12th Apr 2012

says: As a parent of 3 teenage driving chldren, i insist that they drive anytime wth their lights on because where we lve the distance between towns can be long and I think it helps with choosing the right time to overtake. My children drive a variety of cars in terms of colour and I don't care what colour it is I always remind them to turn on their lights when diriving distances. My husband drives interstate in a semi trailer and I know cars who 'light up' durng the day make his job somewhat easier too. Reply

annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 15th Apr 2012

annie says: I agree with this.It is so annoying that it can lead to accidents.There should be a minimum fine for drivers that dont put their headlights on a an appropriate time in the evening Reply

Lizzy

Posted by: Lizzy
Posted: 16th Apr 2012

Lizzy says: Maybe they think the eyesight is ok, or just general forget to turn their lights on, you could dip your head lights to them to indicate they donot have lights on. Reply

wojo12

Posted by: wojo12
Posted: 20th Apr 2012

wojo12 says: I can't believe that people put their parking lights on and think it increases their visibility to other road users. The Australian Design Rules c should be changed so that parking lights cannot be used with the engine running.

While on the ADR's, has anyone else noticed how the indicators are on a modern car when it is at right angles to your own car? It impossible to tell if a car on a side street that you are approaching is about to turn right across your path, especially in full sun. Reply

annie

Posted by: annie
Posted: 3rd Aug 2012

annie says: I agree that drivers dont put on their lights early enough.I drive around at dusk a bit and its amazing the number of cars I see that dont have their headlight on which makes it difficult to see.Occassionally I see some cars with no lights on at all Reply

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