Car external lights

Dipped headlights (ближний свет)

dipped - опущенный, погружённый

Dipped lights tilt downwards, giving you extra visibility without dazzling oncoming traffic. They used most of the times.

They’re basically the middle step, between just your side lights and full beam

They’re safe to use:

At night - which is defined as the period between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise

During daytime when visibility is reduced, in fog, early morning, the rain

Side lights

These are the small white lights located at the corners of the front of your car. When you switch these on, the licence plate and tail lights at the rear also illuminate.

It’s a legal requirement to use them when you’re parking a car at night in an area where the speed limit is 30mph or more

Full beam headlights (Дальний свет)

These are seriously bright lights – great for helping you gain as much visibility as possible in the dark.

Can dazzle other road users, therefore:

  • Only use them on empty stretches of road at night
  • Don’t use them in the daytime – use dipped beams or side lights instead
  • Switch to your dipped beams when you are overtaking at night
  • Don’t use them when one of your dipped beams is faulty or not working (these should be replaced straight away if they are not working)

Fog lights

When fog appears you want to have as much visibility as you can, and equally as important, to inform other road users to your presence.

Using it in foggy conditions is recommended, but not a legal requirement

  • You should use one rear fog light in the UK when fog hits – this is the minumum number of fog lights that all cars are fitted with
  • Never use fog lights when the weather is clear – you’ll face a £30 fine

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