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Vehicle Lighting & Accessories:
Lighting the Way to Better
Driving
Outback Equipment
Phone: 1300 854 185
Email: info@outba...
Vehicle lights are a driver’s first line of defence when driving in the dark, in
hazardous weather conditions, or in times...
Daytime Running Lights
Daytime running lights (DRLs) are
increasingly prevalent on vehicles in
Australia. These automatica...
Vehicle owners should follow the design specifications for all aftermarket
accessories, including lighting options, by wor...
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Vehicle Lighting & Accessories: Lighting the Way to Better Driving

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Vehicle lights are a driver’s first line of defence when driving in the dark, in hazardous weather conditions, or in times when road visibility is poor.

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Vehicle Lighting & Accessories: Lighting the Way to Better Driving

  1. 1. Vehicle Lighting & Accessories: Lighting the Way to Better Driving Outback Equipment Phone: 1300 854 185 Email: info@outbackequipment.com.au
  2. 2. Vehicle lights are a driver’s first line of defence when driving in the dark, in hazardous weather conditions, or in times when road visibility is poor. Visibility is poor at any time when, owing to insufficient daylight or streetlights, or in unfavourable conditions when people or vehicles on the road are not clearly visible from a certain distance. This is where the various lights of a vehicle come in handy. The lights on vehicles have two primary functions: these light up the road in front of the driver (at night or in poor conditions) and these make the car more visible to other road users. Incorrect usage can make it difficult for other drivers to see, and can result in fines or loss of points from the driver’s licence. Fog Lights LED spotlights and other types of fog lights are designed for driving in poor visibility, such as fog, rain, dust, or snow. It is also frequently a requirement that the lights only be used in such conditions. In NSW, for example, it is illegal to use fog lamps when there is no adverse weather or atmospheric condition that restricts visibility. This lighting option is common in 4x4 vehicles designed for off road or outback driving. As with all forward-facing lights, fog lights should illuminate the road ahead without dazzling other drivers.
  3. 3. Daytime Running Lights Daytime running lights (DRLs) are increasingly prevalent on vehicles in Australia. These automatically come on when the engine starts and is designed to boost the vehicle’s visibility in daylight. A study by the European Commission on Mobility and Transport found that DRLs improved road safety. Drivers reported that having the lights turned on during the drive helped them identify and recognise other vehicles earlier. In Australia, DRLs are not required, but are permitted. It follows certain requirements under the Australian Design Rule 76/00. Headlights Headlights are required when driving from sunset to sunrise or in poor conditions. In NSW, the law explains proper visibility as having “sufficient visibility to see a person wearing dark clothing at a distance of 100 metres”. These use a combination of a high beam and a passing/low beam. Drivers use the low beam when there is oncoming traffic to avoid undue dazzle, discomfort, or glare for other road users.
  4. 4. Vehicle owners should follow the design specifications for all aftermarket accessories, including lighting options, by working only with reliable installers. Drivers, meanwhile, should familiarise themselves with the dashboard knobs and switches to avoid inadvertently switching any lights on. Resources: http://www.outbackequipment.com.au/product-category/spotlights-led-lights- bars/spotlights/led-spotlights/ https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/F2013C00238 http://mylicence.sa.gov.au/road-rules/the-drivers-handbook/driving-night http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/documents/roads/safety-rules/nsw-road-rules- top-10-misunderstood.pdf

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