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There are many different lights on your car, and each serves a unique purpose. Many car owners will not focus much on the lights or utilize them at appropriate instances. However, with the seasonal change ahead of you, daytime will gradually shorten as days go on, and it will get dark sooner.

This means that you must utilize your car lights to their full potential if you want to drive safely in the coming winter. Below is a list of the lights and how to use them.

Keep in mind that the position of the lights and their controls vary in each car. However, the standard vehicle will have the same lights.

Day Time Running Car Lights

All modern cars come with daytime running lights or lamps. These are white lights on the front end of the car, mostly aligned with the headlamps. They glow permanently once you turn on the engine.

These lights help make the car more visible even in the daytime. For the winter season, these lights will be essential. This is because there will be many instances when the lighting will be poor due to the snowy, cloudy weather. Utilizing these lights in the darker season will significantly reduce the risk of an accident.

Parking Lights

Some people also call these lights sidelights. These lights are present at both the front and the rear end of the car. Most cars will have a standard switch that helps turn on these lights. Like all lights, these also help increase the visibility of the car. It is important to use them every time you stop at the side of the road.

Other times you should use them are when driving on a misty evening or parallel parking in a busy lane. Not to mention, these lights are not power-consuming. This means that you leave them on without the engine running if you want.

Automatic Lights

Most modern cars will have an additional setting for switching on the automatic control of the lights. This switches on the headlamps of the car when the ambient atmosphere lights drop early evening.

This is a convenient way to control the lights, as some people tend to forget to put on the main lights when driving between late evening and night.

Nonetheless, if the weather is dark from the get-go, it is better to turn on the headlamps manually because the automatic light feature does not usually detect rainy, snowy, or foggy weather.

In the winters, the transition to dark from bright is quicker, making the automatic lights option a crucial integration. As you can see, a car offers drivers many light operating features and lamps that many will fail to use. It is important to consider each, especially in the wintertime when it is dark, sometimes even throughout the day.