Low beams help make vehicles visible

Chemainus – Regarding the recent correspondence about the use or nonuse of low beam headlights as a way of improving road safety.

I would point out that this factor was recognized by the Canadian government in 1988 when it became law that ALL vehicles registered in Canada from that date onwards must be fitted with daytime running lights (DRLs).

These are usually the high beams set on a lower voltage so as to reduce glare and operate automatically when the vehicle’s engine is started.

The disadvantage of this feature is that the rear lights of the vehicle do not come on at the same time.

Using low beams in conditions of poor visibility has the great advantage that the use of low beams also causes the rear lights to operate, greatly increasing the visibility of the vehicle from the rear.

Thus my recommendation is that all drivers check their vehicles to ensure that their DRL’s are fully operational as required by the law and to add the operation of the low beams (and rear lights) in conditions of poor visibility.

Graham Jones

Chemainus

Just Posted

VIDEO: New Met season at Cowichan Theatre features a great mix of new and old

We’ve got bodice rippers, hilarious comedies, and enough fire and brimstone to please any opera lover

Andrea Rondeau column: Lots of excitement in this fall’s municipal elections, with plenty of tight races

One thing that’s for certain is that there’s going to be a lot of new faces

Sarah Simpson column: Reunited and it feels so good

This is what happened when a budgie went into a liquor store

T.W. Paterson column: Upscale subdivision’s ‘silent neighbours’ recall grim past

“This is sort of an average people’s historic site”

Loren Duncan running to re-take Area E seat at the CVRD board table

Loren Duncan has 15 years of experience in office.

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Cowichan Coffee Time: 4H, a marathon and fundraising

• A group of 4H-ers had a woolly good time at the… Continue reading

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Most Read