If you are a new car owner, you might still have questions about certain car parts, their purposes and when to use them. Car lights, is one of the trickier areas to learn, especially if your previous experience with cars is limited. Take a look at the following to see what the all types of car lights are and when you should use them.
Daylight Running Lights
These are the lights that will make you more visible to other drivers. These lights are located at the front and back of your car and turn on automatically when you start the engine.
Dipped headlights or low-beam headlights give you light to show your road without an excessive amount of glare. These low beams are there to give you just enough light to show you where you are going but without dazzling the oncoming drivers with too much glare. These are essential when driving at night and also help to improve safety when you are driving during adverse weather such as rains.
Full beam headlights help you to see the road when driving in the dark. They give an intense light and a glare and signal the other drivers on the road. Headlights give an intense glare; sothey should only be used when there are no drivers visible around you. These need to be turned off at situations such as, when the cars are approaching you, during fogs to avoid reflections, and on curves, hills and junctions.
These are lights that are located low, on the front of the car. Fog Light comes in a unique flat and wide beam shape. The shape of the beam helps to cut through the fog, and light up the surface of the road you are in. Due to their low positioning, they also prevent any reflections that could dazzle the driver.
These are the red lights placed at the end of the car. They turn on automatically whenever you turn the headlights on. They alert the drivers behind you about where you are.
Signal lights or indicators, also known as turn signals or blinkers are located at the front and back of the car. They are also found on your side mirrors. They allow the other vehicles to know you are going to turn and which side you are planning to turn to.
Signal lights also work as hazard lights. They are also known as flashers or hazard warning lights. When they turn on, they alert other drivers of distress or traffic issues. If there is a temporary obstruction on the road ahead, these lights will alert the drivers behind you of the traffic. However, they should not be used when you temporarily park.
These are the lights that tell the other vehicles you are slowing down or stopping. They will turn on when you apply the brakes.
Interior lights or driving lamps are used inside the car to check the directions or if you want to look for something in the dark. They should be turned off when driving as they can disturb the driver.
When you own a car of your own, it is necessary to know everything about each part. Knowing the right lights for the right situation will help you to have a better and safer driving experience.