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Appropriate car lighting for various driving conditions

Every driver knows how important it is to properly illuminate the car while driving. This not only affects our safety on the road, but also gives us confidence that we will be able to notice and react to possible threats. That is why it is so important to adapt our car's lighting to different driving conditions.

Road lighting

High beam headlights, also known as low beam headlights, are the primary car lighting that should be switched on during normal driving on the road. This is the most important lighting that allows us to ensure the visibility of our car to other drivers on the road and at the same time allows us to see possible obstacles or pedestrians.

Road lighting should be switched on immediately after dark or in poor visibility conditions, such as fog or rain. Thanks to this, other drivers will know that we are present on the road and will be able to notice us appropriately.

Dipped beam

When we encounter another vehicle on the road, we should switch to low beam. This is less intense light than road lighting, which does not blind other drivers, but at the same time allows them to see our car.

If you encounter other vehicles, especially on narrow roads, turn off your high beam headlights and turn on the dipped headlights to avoid dazzling other road users. This is very important for the safety of all drivers on the road.

Fog lights

Fog lighting is intended for use in conditions of limited visibility caused by fog, rain, snow or heavy dust. This is lighting that is mounted at the front and rear of the car and is intended to increase our visibility and the visibility of our car for other drivers.

Fog lights should only be turned on when really needed. We should not use it regardless of weather conditions, because it may blind other drivers and pose an additional risk on the road.

Emergency lighting

Emergency lighting, also known as hazard lights, is used in the event of an emergency, such as a car breaking down on the road, a collision or other dangerous situations. This is very important lighting that informs other drivers about our situation and warns them about the possibility of danger.

Emergency lighting should only be turned on when we actually have a problem with the car or when we encounter an urgent situation that requires warning other road users. We should not use it for non-emergency purposes as it may mislead other drivers and create additional risks.

Road lighting on bends

When driving around corners, regardless of the weather conditions, we should follow the rule of turning on the cornering lights. This is additional lighting that turns on automatically when turning to illuminate areas outside the turn and increase our visibility.

Cornering lighting is extremely useful when driving at night or in conditions of limited visibility. Thanks to it, we are able to look ahead and notice potential threats, such as animals or other obstacles on the road.

Warning lighting

Warning lighting is used in various situations to warn other road users about our presence or the possibility of a threat. This may be, for example, in the event of arrest by the police, fire brigade or other rescue services.

This is lighting that should only be used in situations where it is necessary and ensures the safety of us and other drivers on the road. We should not use it for purposes other than warnings, as it may cause confusion on the road and impede other drivers.

Headlight illumination

Headlight lighting is referred to as front lighting, which is typically used in conditions of extreme low light or when driving in difficult weather conditions such as dense fog or heavy rain or snow.

This is very strong lighting that allows us to adequately illuminate the road ahead to minimize the risk of an accident. However, we should only use it when absolutely necessary so as not to blind other drivers on the road.


Adjusting car lighting to various driving conditions is extremely important for our safety on the road. Appropriate use of road, dipped, fog, emergency, warning, cornering and headlights will allow us to increase our visibility and understanding of other drivers.

Let us remember that we are responsible for properly switching on the appropriate lighting depending on road conditions, and incorrect use may pose a threat to us and other road users. Let's take care of our safety and adjust our lighting to the conditions in which we are on the road.

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