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Thread: Do You Turn Your Headlights On When It's Raining?

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    Super Member May in Jersey's Avatar
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    Do You Turn Your Headlights On When It's Raining?

    I think it's the law here in Jersey.

    Just came back from trip to Massschusetts. We were driving home during a very heavy rain storm and was so surprised that many cars did not have their headlights on. It was only 4pm but the sky was dark grey and with the heavy rain it was difficult to see some of the darker colored cars. DH got off the major highway we were on as we were sure there was going to be a major pile up. Took a local highway until it stopped raining so hard and happy that we made it home to Jersey in one piece. May in Jersey

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    I have running lights on my car, but that doesn`t include the rear end... yes, in heavy rain, I turn on my lights!
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    It's a law here in Alabama. Sometimes if it's really bad we drive with the emergency lights flashing. We had to drive across the bayway last week in a horrible storm. You couldn't see anything but the flashers. I was afraid the wind would throw us into the water. Silly, but it could happen if the wind was bad enough.
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    It's state law here too, but so many do not follow it.

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    I live in Oregon and I don't think it's a law to have your headlights on. I sometimes wonder why it isn't. I drive a 2010 Subaru Outback and the lights come on automatically - if I have it set that way. I have never looked at the backend to see if those light up when set to auto - but on a rainy, grey day I just turn them all on - my car is dark grey and I want to be SEEN!

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    It is a law in NY. My lights are on all te time.

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    I think it is a state law in Missouri too. I always turn mine on because I want to be seen.
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    It is the law in California too, but I agree that a lot of people still don't turn them on.

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    Cars sold in Canada are equipped with running lights, making it easy to follow the lights-on law. After so many years of being accustomed to on-coming lights, US drivers need to be aware that if they're driving without lights many Canadians may not even see them. I know I'm more keyed in on lights than the vehicles behind them. I drove with my headlights on for years before it became law.
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    It is the law in WI but there are many who don't follow that law. Scares me when the car color matches the wet pavement.

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    well, if it ever rained in west texas, i'de be glad to turn my lights on.
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    Many don't turn on the headlights during the day because they forget to turn them off when they get where they are going. Dead Batteries!! We have a roadway with one way traffic going each way Only the lane lines between them that it is required to have head lights on but most don't turn them one because of the fore stated reason. When wipers are on anywhere in the state the lights must be on. I can see why but when you just have to have the lights on because of the way the road is and it is very sunny out sometimes it is a hazard with traffic coming straight at you.

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    I have mine set on auto and so they are always on.....when it gets dark they all go on !! So I am sure you can see me coming all the time.
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    I turn mine on, whenever there's any doubt of others seeing me. Rain, dusk, whatever.
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    I do! People around here can't drive in the rain and I want to be seen!
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    My lights are always on. I thought it was the law to have em on when raining everywhere. But I ain't one to gossip, so you ain't heard dat from me!
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    I think it is the law that if the wipers are running you are to have headlights on. Not the parking lights but the low beams.

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    In Missouri, we have signs on the highways that say, "Lights on when wipers required." I turn mine on any time the light quality makes it hard to see but many people don't and I haven't seen the cops enforce the rule. I don't think it's a matter of forgetting to turn them off later & running the battery down. I haven't driven a car or pickup that didn't beep if you leave the lights on for many years. I know the 1999 Ford Ranger pickup beeps and I believe my daughter's 1997 Chevy Cavalier beeps.

    Motorcycles are required to have their lights on all the time.
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    Sometimes it's even worse in fog than when it's raining. I've lived several places with heavy morning fog at certain times of the year. If people don't have their lights on (at least the little yellow ones) they run a very good chance of causing a serious accident.
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    Yes, definitely the law here in NJ. And most cars with 'daytime running lights' only have headlights lit - which meets the state requirement 'wipers on; headlights on' but usually the daytime running lights do not include any rear lights. Most vehicles with 'auto on' lights - both front/rear lights are on. Like so many other things, wonder how we managed when we had to do things on our own! When I was taught to drive 40+ years ago, it was taught that you turned your lights on when it was dusk / rainy / etc. Didn't have auto anything in those days. Granted there might be a dead battery once in a while, but.... Now as to lights on when on single lane roads even in the daytime - I personally think that's a bit of overkill. Been on those type of roads and done it but not sure I really see much advantage. In today's world most cars have daytime running lights anyhow. I find it horribly distracting in bright sunlight myself.

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    My car is dark grey so I turn my lights on when it's raining and on dull days. Also turn them on in underground car parks.

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    It only makes sense to put your headlights on when it's dark for any reason. I want others to see me as much as I want to see them!!

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    It's the law in Illinois also; if the wipers are needed, lights are also!

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    Yep, its the law!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dojo36 View Post
    well, if it ever rained in west texas, i'de be glad to turn my lights on.
    Ditto that in my part of Illinois!!!

    (where to the best of my knowledge it is the law - but even if it isn't I turn my lights on)
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