The simple mistake could see motorosts issued charges of up to £1,000 or higher under extreme circumstances. Using your headlights at night and in poor weather is a requirement of the Highway Code and motorists could be fined for failing to do this correctly.
Faulty lights could prevent road users from seeing vital hazards in front of them which could put themselves and other road users at risk of a car crash.
Motorists are likely to be issued a £1,000 fine for driving with a faulty headlamp but costs could soon soar.
If your driving ability has been seriously impeded, road users may be hit with an £2,500 fine for driving a car in a dangerous condition.
In severe cases, police may consider your driving has been seriously affected and issue a dangerous driving charge.
This could result in fines of up to £5,000, nine penalty points and may even lead to a temporary driving ban.
However, motorists can still fall foul of the law even after their headlights are fixed by breaking other simple offences.
The Highway Code says road users must switch off their lights when visibility improves and ensure lights are kept clean and visible.
Motorists are also warned they must not use their front and rear fog lights unless visibility is seriously reduced.
This is because leaving them on could run the risk of dazzling and distracting fellow road users which comes with the risk of a £30 fine.
A survey from the RAC found over half of motorists believe ‘some’ or ‘most’ headlights are too bright and cause them to become dazzled.
The poll shockingly reveals 70 percent of drivers say headlights are often so bright they are a risk to other drivers.
RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: “The dazzling effect of another driver’s headlights isn’t just uncomfortable – in some cases it can be nothing short of dangerous, making us lose sight of the road for a short time.”
The RAC says full beam headlights should only be used in unlit stretches of road at night regardless of the conditions.
This is because full beam headlights could also be dazzling which may lead to an accident.
Published at Wed, 13 May 2020 14:03:00 +0000