DRIVING in winter is much more dangerous than at other times of the year when temperatures drop.
One of the biggest issues is visibility, as rain and fog are becoming more common on the road.
Bad weather and foggy windows make it hard enough to see cars with their headlights on.
But trying to distinguish cars parked in the dark during winter is even more problematic.
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But there’s a little-known feature on many cars that will help – and it involves a single switch.
Since it could be the difference between seeing and not seeing a car parked in the dark, it could save a driver’s life.
Most cars come with front and rear parking lights, which you can legally leave on when parked to keep your car visible.
Parking lights are the side lights in your light cluster and are designed to be used for long periods of time without draining your battery.
In most modern cars, you will find the parking light control on the same switch as your headlights. The symbol looks like this:
On some cars, selecting this and leaving your indicator in either direction before turning off your engine will activate the parking lights on that side.
But there are also parking light laws that many drivers don’t know about.
According to traffic laws, there are certain circumstances where drivers must use parking lights or face a fine.
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It states that all vehicles must display parking lights when parked on a road (or parking area) with a speed limit greater than 30 mph.
If the road has a speed limit of 30 mph or less, you don’t need to turn off your side lights, as long as:
- your place is a recognized parking space or rest area, or
- you are oriented in the direction of traffic, close to the sidewalk and at least 10 meters from the nearest intersection