Did you know that increased visibility between two vehicles decreases accident risk by more than 30 percent, mainly during foggy months?
The International Road Federation (IRF), a Geneva-based organisation working for better and safer roads across the globe, has urged the government to make the front and rear fog lights mandatory on all vehicles.
K K Kapila, chairman, International Road Federation (IRF) said, "The Worldwide research has shown that increased visibility between vehicles reduces crash risk by more than 30 percent, especially during foggy months of December to February and in the hilly areas."
"Foggy conditions pose a threat to motorists, and a law to make both front and rear fog lights mandatory, could help reduce the risk of road crashes caused by poor visibility. Fog lights are extremely useful during conditions of poor visibility caused by rain, fog, dust or snow,"
Fog lights or lamps are safety features in every vehicle. These lights are designed to be used at low speeds to add illumination and increase visibility.
Here are some of the advantages of fog lights in vehicles:
Position Of Fog Lights In Vehicles
The fog lights or lamps are positioned or mounted lower down on the front of a car and typically cast a broader but shorter beam. Being placed at a lower level, the fog lamp reflects less light back at you from whatever is outside. This allows the driver to view the edges of the road without the glare of the headlights reflecting off the fog and blinding the driver.
High-beam Needs To Be Switched Off
The main headlight needs to be dipped, or should be switched to low beam, the deflection of the light off the fog or snow is mostly eliminated, the glare has gone, and you can see much more clearly what's ahead of you.
The IRF also said that fog lights and automated vehicle lights that switch on due to poor light or fog, or during low-visibility conditions, could decrease the risk of accidents.
Mr Kapila added, "In Europe, the vehicles are fitted with front and rear fog lights as a standard feature for better visibility in fog-like conditions. However, installing fog lights will not on its own eliminate the risk of crashes during foggy conditions, various other countermeasures are also needed for providing safer driving environment, by both the government, drivers as well as the civic agencies,"
"There should be warning signals or mobile weather stations on the road to alert drivers of fog conditions ahead, advising them to slow down." "Local radio stations," he said, "could also help by broadcasting up-to-date information on the weather conditions, portable message signboards at sensitive spots, installation of pavement inset lights, similar to runway lights, raised pavements and warning lights using flashing beacons are some complementing measures," said Kapila.
"There is technology that can sense fog and activate lights, with dashboard signs to warn motorists to slow down before they get to the foggy area; these dynamic signs can be very effective compared to static signs. Installation of the overhead gantry boards could also help to warn and remind drivers how to adapt to changing driving conditions," said Kapila.
"IRF has also stressed on the need for civic agencies to install smart sensor-embedded street lights at identified fog trouble spots in city areas and highways to counter fog and save precious human lives," concluded Kapila.
With foggy conditions, the fog lights work as an added safety measure and help you to see ahead of your vehicle. The government should make the fog lights mandatory in India as these are not just for the look of the car, but it significantly increases the visibility and thereby reducing any risk of crashes.