If your car has fog lights, do you drive with them on or off?

DramaLLama

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Do you use your fog lights with your low beams while driving at night? Do you think people just do this because it "looks cool"? What do you do with your car?
 

Shrink

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Do you use your fog lights with your low beams while driving at night? Do you think people just do this because it "looks cool"? What do you do with your car?
It looks cool to run with your fog lamps on?

Who thinks it's cool?

My current car does not have fog lamps, but many of my previous cars did, and I never used them...except in...ah...fog.:p

Guess I'm not cool...:(

:rolleyes: ;)
 

Menel

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I use them when foggy...

They look cool? Not to me... I'm sitting behind the wheel.
 

Apple fanboy

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Fog lights go on when its foggy. If that makes me uncool then so be it.

What's not cool is people leaving there rear fog lights on for weeks after the fog has gone.
 

CrickettGrrrl

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Well pink fog lights are an obvious exception.

I only use my fog lamps when it's foggy and view non-foggy-conditions-fog-lamp-drivers as total pretenders. They're probably driving automatics too.
 

rdowns

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I only use them when it's foggy. There are already enough *******s on the road with too bright, aimed in my eyes, fog lights on drivers on the road
 

puma1552

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I drive with them on all the time. I paid for them, I'm going to use them. Plus it's not that it makes the front look "cooler" but rather it just makes the front end look more complete. More than that though, they help fill in the space immediately in front of the car, between the car and where the low beams hit the road, and help with peripheral visibility so you can see the edge of the road better. FWIW, fog lights do virtually nothing in fog, so no idea why they are called fog lights.

And anybody that says they get blinded by them has no idea what they are talking about, because they point at the ground and seldom if ever have adjustment, unlike low beams which half the cars on the road have their low beams out of adjustment blinding you.
 

Xerotech

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Rain/Fog/Snow Gives more visibility to me and other drivers.
Most people leave it on and find that it gives them more visibility in general.
 

DramaLLama

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For people making the more visibility argument, the only valid argument I've heard against having fog lights on is that on a dark road, having more light directly in front of you (closer to the car.. with your fog lights) is actually bad as your pupils will constrict because of the brighter light right there. This makes it harder to see/adjust to 'night vision' as you would if you only had low beams on. Your pupils will get bigger as they do in the dark, so you can see more of the area in front of you.

Not sure if I explained it well enough but there it is. Of course this probably doesn't matter in urban areas where there are lots of street lights and stuff.
 

puma1552

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For people making the more visibility argument, the only valid argument I've heard against having fog lights on is that on a dark road, having more light directly in front of you (closer to the car.. with your fog lights) is actually bad as your pupils will constrict because of the brighter light right there. This makes it harder to see/adjust to 'night vision' as you would if you only had low beams on. Your pupils will get bigger as they do in the dark, so you can see more of the area in front of you.

Not sure if I explained it well enough but there it is. Of course this probably doesn't matter in urban areas where there are lots of street lights and stuff.
I doubt this is true since as mentioned they point at the ground and cast just enough light to see the edge of the road and fill in the dark spot between the car and the low beams…I don't think they cast enough light to make your pupils get smaller.
 

yg17

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I bought my car in October 2012 and used mine for the first time tonight because it was foggy. I normally keep them off, as you're supposed to.
 

JoeG4

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On my other car, the fog lamp switch stopped working one day and my fogs (front only) were stuck in the on position. Honestly, they did help a bit in the fog and I've never been bothered by fog lights on other people's cars (except for the rear fogs on european imports).

IMHO front fogs should be ok at any time, but rear fogs should only be allowed in foggy conditions. Both serve really useful purposes, but the rear ones are up in your face and pretty obnoxious.

Far more annoying are poorly aimed headlights, especially ones aimed at your face - and any SUV with HID xenons, factory or not. SUV headlights almost always end up at eye level if you're driving a car, and the projectors make a sharp line of extremely bright light shine right in your face.
 

maflynn

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I have them on when its foggy - that's about it.

Of course I love by the ocean so its foggy fairly often :)
 

robbieduncan

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Off. Because it's illegal almost all the time to have them on in the UK. Of course a load of people don't seem to know this and drive with them on. Not because it's cool (it's not) but because they are selfish idiots.

UK law says it's illegal to have your fog lights on unless you cannot see 100m (328 feet) in front of you.

Note that's not a little reduction: that's you cannot see anything at all 100m away. I can't think the last time I encountered that here.
 

robbieduncan

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I drive a low car (Honda civic) and my fog lights are horribly bright but they give extra brightness when needed, i.e., foggy :)
A civic is not a low car. Try a Lotus Elise or even a Porsche Boxster. Fog lights (especially rear ones) can be blinding