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FOG LIGHT ABUSE

Do you drive around with your fog lights on when there is no fog? I have noticed that since the American car companies started putting fog lights on their cars and trucks many (too many) drivers drive with them on all of the time. I call this fog light abuse and I find it a very curious custom. Why do think so many drivers do this, are they saying look at me I have fog lights?
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To unswer your question .
Why I use the fogs.
You most likely are less then 40 years old to ask that.
You will find out that The older you get , the more light you need.
Our older cars suffer on the light department.
Fog lights throw a wider beam of light , and anything helps.
And for some , look at me.
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Look at me lights

The NSW police have recently confirmed that the use of these lights in non-fog conditions will be the subject of a fine. Personally I don't see them as that much of a problem but others obviously differ.
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Honestly in two years and a half I only used front fog lights maybe twice 3 times at max and on heavy rain and dark conditions for maybe 10 minutes in total not noticing a lot of difference if not in the wideness. Ok, I have xenon lights so I think it helps but to be honest I'd trade my fog lights happily for addictional front brakes cooling air intakes if I found a way to do it despite having drilled discs.

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Here in Scandinavia we must have our lights on at all time, which has (I think) improved safety, although I was against it in the beginning until everybody remembered to turn them on. (If just one of the cars coming towards you has no light on, it can cause you to think there is a gab in the row and you can overtake).
But I find it a very bad habit (and often dangerous) to use the rear fog light in no or light foggy conditions. Some also use them be default during rain and it gives reflections and distracts the driver behind you from other more important issues and is likely to make him/her overlook yours and others stop light. When you can clearly see the car’s light or front in your back mirror, the driver behind you can also see your normal back lights and will more easily observe your stop lights. Please don't use them unless the visibility is REALLY bad and PLEASE remember to turn it off when visibility improves and you again can see the car behind you.
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It is illegal (and anti social IMHO) in the UK to use front or rear fog lights when it is not foggy (or reduced visibility). They have a tendency to be very bright (for obvious reasons) and can easily dazzle oncoming traffic. As MSBARSI says I also find that they are very ineffective in either normal or reduced visibility driving anyway, and only switch mine on in very thick fog to stop people running up the back of me. If I can see the headlights of the car behind me then I tend to switch my rear fog lights off, because if I can see their white headlights they are being dazzled by my bright red rear fogs!!

But maybe I am just too considerate to other road users :-)
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It seems to have got better here in the UK over the last few years. I can remember around year 2000 when it seemed to be the fashion for people (usually in Corsas with weird bodykits) to drive around with their sidelights and foglights on regardless of light and weather conditions. I guess the police must have cracked down on it though as I haven't noticed it as much recently.
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Yes, it has got much better but there are still a few tossers who drive with their razzle-dazzle fronts on and quite often it's ladies who don't even realise their rears are on.
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To unswer your question .
Why I use the fogs.
You most likely are less then 40 years old to ask that.
You will find out that The older you get , the more light you need.
Our older cars suffer on the light department.
Fog lights throw a wider beam of light , and anything helps.
And for some , look at me.
Main and dip beams are designed as they are for a reason-to allow safe driving without dazzling other users. Fog lights are designed to be used in FOG-They are not 'driving lights'.
If your eyes are bad, install higher power bulbs in the correct location and if that doesn't work, GET OFF THE FUCKING ROAD.
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I'm convinced in the US that the vast majority of it is "look at me" for the front fog lights and our drivers have no clue what the rear is for, and don't care.

But that is what we get for tossing driver's licenses out like candy and allowing bad drivers to continue to drive. I don't think half of our drivers really understand how to interact with other vehicles on the highway gracefully and courteously -- and don't care to learn either. But I will stop before I get on a rant about American drivers....
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