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I could not believe the amount of drivers who only used their side / parking lights.

There is no excuse for driving with sidelights, although it ĉould be argued the dangerous practice saves about 0.1p of fuel for every 100 miles fog driving.

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I think every one should just admit that despite their own thoughts, they are not the worlds best driver, and they too make mistakes. Good few posts here from various people and you'd be fooled into thinking they were all driving examiners/motorway cops. I'm one of the people who drive everywhere with lights on dipped. Don't really care if it pisses people off, car just does it anyway. (BMW call it DRL) I don't know if it's helped but I've never been hit by another car. As for driving up behind someone in the fog and they've left their fog light(s) on, I just back off a bit until it's not such a problem. Maybe you're the problem, you shouldn't be that close to someone in the fog anyway. I see poor driving every day, just slow down, drive defensively and chill. You'll live much longer that way.

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The irony being of course, that most of the time about 30% of Manx drivers seem to use their fog lights all the bloody time. Amazing how many people are so stupid they don't know the difference between fog and night.

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I only just realised that my new VW is programmed to activate the fog lights when you corner (just the one on the side of the direction you're turning) and both when reversing. Noticed other cars doing this now too. Cornering lights apparently. Can't be deactivated. Not sure if I like it or not.

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Think 30% is a bit of an exaggeration, but it's significantly less than Ireland certainly, where it seems as if the all-the-time front fogs brigade is the majority.

 

Amazing really as IIRC the regs for some years are that fogs are switched off on engine shutdown and need positive action to switch them back on again.

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@Capt Was tut-tutting about the amount of single-light front fogs on the roads only recently when the truth dawned.

 

It's possible to code the cornering lights via the VW VDCS on/off, don't know whether a main dealer will allow this to be done or whether you can find an indy with the relevant software.

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I must say at low speeds when cornering/parking/on narrow roads they do work quite well. It was just the people who keep looking at me in an odd way when they come on. Think they'll become standard as I've definitely seen them on Citröen, Peugeot, and a number of other new cars too.

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I could not believe the amount of drivers who only used their side / parking lights.

There is no excuse for driving with sidelights, although it ĉould be argued the dangerous practice saves about 0.1p of fuel for every 100 miles fog driving.

 

I think, 'sidelights', is a misnomer, they are actually parking lights and I think dipped headlights must be displayed when moving after sun down..........(NOT when parked)...........happy to be corrected though if I'm wrong............

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I could not believe the amount of drivers who only used their side / parking lights.

There is no excuse for driving with sidelights, although it ĉould be argued the dangerous practice saves about 0.1p of fuel for every 100 miles fog driving.

 

I think, 'sidelights', is a misnomer, they are actually parking lights and I think dipped headlights must be displayed when moving after sun down..........(NOT when parked)...........happy to be corrected though if I'm wrong............

 

Nope, they're sidelights.

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I'm one of the people who drive everywhere with lights on dipped. Don't really care if it pisses people off, car just does it anyway. (BMW call it DRL)

DRL are not headlights, dipped or otherwise.

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.Harald Krüger says different. They certainly are on a 1 series

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I could not believe the amount of drivers who only used their side / parking lights.

 

There is no excuse for driving with sidelights, although it ĉould be argued the dangerous practice saves about 0.1p of fuel for every 100 miles fog driving.

I think, 'sidelights', is a misnomer, they are actually parking lights and I think dipped headlights must be displayed when moving after sun down..........(NOT when parked)...........happy to be corrected though if I'm wrong............

Wrong.

 

You must use side lights and plate lights during hours of darkness. However you don't need to use dipped headlights on lit roads in built up areas with 30mph limit.

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