Drivers who don’t use their lights in the rain

Driving through Edinburgh at night
Driving through Edinburgh at night. This you will immediately recognise as the Barnton area of north west Edinburgh.

Here’s a pet peeve of mine: drivers who don’t switch on their lights when:

  1. it’s getting dark
  2. it’s raining heavily, and
  3. it’s clear from the other road users that the cars you can see most easily are those other cars that have their lights on

I was taught by my driving instructor that my car lights are there not only to allow me to see the road ahead, but also to help me to be seen by other road. It amazes me that there are some drivers out there who don’t have the self-awareness to connect the fact that they can more easily see the cars that have their lights on in the heavy rain or at dusk than those that don’t, and therefore perhaps if he (and it usually is a he) switched his lights on he might not get some BMW smacking into the back of him at 80 mph because he wasn’t seen quickly enough.

I usually switch my lights on as a matter of course if I’m going on a long journey or on a fast road because I’ve observed that I welcome any available clue that there’s another heavy lump of metal hurtling towards me at 60 mph.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

4 thoughts on “Drivers who don’t use their lights in the rain”

  1. And don’t get me started on folk who still use their mobile phones when driving in all sorts of weather. On one journey last week I saw a (male) white van driver doing it while negotiating a hairpin bend over the canal, and then a (male) BMW driver going round a roundabout with phone in hand, and then a (male) cyclist on a 60mph stretch of road wobbling all over the place whilst carrying on a conversation on his phone.

    Come to think of it, how did you take that photo G?!

  2. actually – it’s worse than you think. a brief peruse of some elementary physics will tell you that the oncoming car (assuming you’re both going at 60 mph) is hurtling towards you at 120 mph!

    even more reason to turn the lights on.

  3. That’s true!

    If only I’d paid more attention in Mr McPherson’s class … during the moments where we weren’t being electrocuted by dodgy equipment or he wasn’t shooting members of the class when he should have been firing into a lump of plasticine on a linear-air-track!!

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