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As soon as light starts fading away, regardless of street lights are on or not. 103 40.87%
After it becomes sufficiently dark, till then I use parking lights only. 116 46.03%
After it becomes sufficiently dark and if there is no street lights. 9 3.57%
I use it on only when I cannot see and off, until it becomes complete dark. 7 2.78%
After Sunset, regardless of the light availability. 17 6.75%
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Old 16th February 2011, 16:04   #1
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Default Twilight driving - When exactly do you switch on your headlights

Twilight has been one of the most accident prone period of a day in most countries. The light slowly fades away and people are reluctant or ignorant of switching on their headlights at the right time.
Myself,I switch on the headlights (in dim mode) just when the light starts to fade even though the Sunlight is still there and I can clearly see to some extent in front of my car. It is more for the drivers coming from behind to 'see' my car rather than I 'see' the road and vehicles. Though day-light headlights are a practice on freeways in US and some other countries, here it is seen as 'hey man you've forgot to switch off your headlights'!.
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Default Re: Twilight driving - When exactly do you switch on your headlights

As soon as its 6 or dusk, I switch on my park lights. but somehow I see better without the headlights.

I switch it ON only when I find it difficult to see. but then, there is a time of day, where you cant really decide whether to turn it ON or OFF. Both are equally bad.
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Old 16th February 2011, 16:32   #3
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Default Re: Twilight driving - When exactly do you switch on your headlights

I switch on my headlights as soon as I have to stress to look infront of my car as compared to daylight driving which is I guess at around 6 in the evening. Well I believe switching your lights ON at sunset will not only benefit you but the person behind you who may not notice your car as it is getting dark and may rear end it.
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Default Re: Twilight driving - When exactly do you switch on your headlights

I have now started to turn on my parking lights on the highways during the day. While in the city, I turn on my lights as soon as the light starts fading.
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It is always recommeded to switch on headlights whenever it appears darker than a regular day. This could be at 12 noon on an overcast day or when there is fog any time of the day. I notice many people hesitant to switch on headlights even when it is near/fully dark. They may be very confident of driving in dark but they should realize that their vehicle cannot be seen by others. It is an extremely dangerous situation. For such people, I wonder if they fear to get some "electricity bill" if they switch on their headlights.
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They may be very confident of driving in dark but they should realize that their vehicle cannot be seen by others.
Doesn't the park lights serve that exact purpose?. Letting other cars know that 'I'm right here'.

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I normally switch on the parking lights at dusk.
The headlights will be turned on after it gets sufficiently darker (read 10-15 mins after dusk).
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I used to switch my park light off till i can really see the road.
Raining also will make me switch my parking lights on. If it rains heavily, the hazard lights.
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I also keep my windscreen clean at all times. The car may be dirty but the glass has to be clean. In fact if its raining when I leave, I clean it again. I keep a bottle of colin/ brisk and a rubber wipe in the car at all times for this.

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Raining also will make me switch my parking lights on. If it rains heavily, the hazard lights.
As far as I know, Hazards are meant to be used when the car is parked where its not expected to be parked. They are not meant for use in a moving car.
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I switch on the lights as soon as the light starts fading away. This is as mentioned for the benefit of other road users though I may be able to see the road.
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As far as I know, Hazards are meant to be used when the car is parked where its not expected to be parked. They are not meant for use in a moving car.
In addition to that if you are on a highway and suddenly you see an obstacle or accident in front of you, you suddenly slow down and switch on the Hazard lights to warn those coming behind you of the "Hazard" they are about to encounter.
Also in foggy / dusty situations, it is used to warn about the "slow moving hazard" on the road.
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Default Re: Twilight driving - When exactly do you switch on your headlights

I have different approaches for City and highway ( or in rural roads )

- once out of the cities, I usually switch on the lights early, as soon as the ambient light starts fading.

- in cities, as long as the street lights are good enough, i keep driving in parking light mode for a while longer.

I do switch on headlights when its raining heavily, and if its foggy ( I dont have separate fog lights )

I have found one strange behaviour while driving in the Mumbai Pune expressway. People switch the hazard lights on once they are in the tunnel! Quite confusing I must say.
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^^ They should switch on their 'headlights' in dim mode instead. This is normal practice and in modern cars this is automatic (On and Off) through light sensors.
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Roads in chandigarh,are well lit.
So most of the times i use only the fog lamps and parking lamps
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Default Re: Twilight driving - When exactly do you switch on your headlights

I keep it ON the moment the normal daylight portion starts to come down, same in the morning until I see proper sunlight with the fogs ON working more like the DRLs!
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