The Types of Car Lights and When to Use Them

Car Lights

The car lights not only allow us to see the road better but also allows other drivers to see us and know in advance the maneuvers that we are going to perform. Because putting the lights of the car is not something random, but each circumstance corresponds to different lighting.

Car lighting includes, among others, these six types of lights, which serve both to see and to see us.

Low beam, or dipped beam

This light is mandatory as long as it is at night, on any road, and when during the day, there are poor visibility conditions, such as fog, heavy rain, fog, smoke, etc. Also, it is the light that you must put when entering a tunnel, or in exceptional conditions, such as reversible lanes, additional or enabled to move in the opposite direction.

It is not mandatory to use them during the day in normal conditions, but it is advisable since the lights always improve visibility.

Car Lights

High Beam

Its use is limited exclusively at night and only on poorly lit roads, as long as we do not dazzle pedestrians and other drivers both frontally and by rear-view mirrors, to avoid dangerous situations. According to the standard, we must turn on the long lights when we cannot read a license plate at 10 meters or do not distinguish a dark vehicle at 50 meters, driving at 40km / h.

They should not use in a village, and on motorway or highway type roads, they should be replaced by crossing roads whenever another front vehicle comes, even if there is a medium one.


This light comes on automatically when you start and warn other users that the car is driving backward.


They are auxiliary lights that indicate the position and width of the vehicle, and should never be circulated only with them, but must accompany the crossing, road or fog lights. They are useful when we immobilize the vehicle on the road or the shoulder, as they will make us visible to other users. Using a 194 led bulb for the position light is better than other light bulbs. It can emit strong and white lighting through on the road, so that reminds the driver of the position and width of the vehicle.

Front fog

On occasions of low visibility, such as fog, heavy rain, dust, etc., the main lights (crossing and road) are insufficient. In that case, we must add other types of lights, such as fog lights. This type of light is more powerful than the main ones, lower and wider, and allows us to follow the road’s edge lines more easily. Also, due to its qualities, it is very useful in successive signposted curves and narrow tracks.

They should only be used in situations of poor visibility because otherwise we will disturb or dazzle other drivers.

Car Lights

Rear fog

The use of the rear fog is restricted to especially unfavorable conditions, with dense fog, rain, or heavy snow, as they are very powerful lights that normally disturb and dazzle the drivers behind. They are one or two red lights located at the rear of the vehicle, and they will help us avoid scopes in these types of situations.

Finally, you must familiarize yourself with the controls of your car and with the symbols that correspond to each type of light. So we leave you a little “chop” for you to learn …

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