Lighting - why it must be maintained

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Around 15% of cars fail an MoT – that’s one in seven – because of problems with one or more lights. One car in 15 has at least one brake light not working; one in 20 has no stop lights at all.

Around 26,000 accidents a year are caused by misjudging another person’s speed, often a result of failing to spot another driver slowing down rapidly. A further 350+ accidents are caused by drivers not displaying lights at night or in poor visibility. 

Being rear-ended just because your brake lights aren’t working is a very real prospect

A simple two-minute check once a week – just to see if all your lights are working correctly – could save you major grief and hassle, plus the prospect of injuries. Being rear-ended just because your brake lights aren’t working is a very real prospect. 

A light touch

It’s not just about keeping your lights working – you must use them properly too. Switch on your headlights as soon as the natural light starts to fade; that’s when you’re most likely to disappear into the background.

Also use your foglights sparingly; they dazzle other road users and the ones on the back of your car can mask your brake lights, making it more likely that someone will drive into the back of you...