Even though it’s a long time since I passed my driving test, I try to keep in touch with changes to the Highway Code, but the rule that fog lights are compulsory once the clocks go back has passed me by.
At least that’s what you’d assume by the numbers drivers who do it. On a relatively short drive tonight, I counted seven cars with their fog lights blazing, and this in perfectly clear conditions. One even opted for no headlights at all, just sidelights and fogs.
Why? It doesn’t help you see any better, nor does it let other people see you better. Well apart from people like me whose tits you get upon. Didn’t you read Rule 201, or were you in remedial class?
There seems to be no pattern as to what sort of driver believes that if they have some extra switches on the dashboard then they’re there to be used. Certainly not all boy racers in their Fiat Puntos — there are 4x4s, family cars, people carriers, sporties, even Smart cars for goodness sake. How ironic is that?
The clue is in the name — F-O-G — lights. You can’t miss it. White misty stuff that that makes it hard to see where you’re going. That’s why we have fog lights. And until you do, please, please resist the itch to flick the switch.