Proper Use of Headlights Is Always a Bright Idea

While it seems obvious, Saskatchewan RCMP have had to take to social media to remind the public to use their headlights.

Not only is it the law, but using them correctly helps keep you, your passengers and others on the road, safe. Headlights serve a dual purpose: they help others see you, and help you see obstacles and hazards around you.

Saskatchewan RCMP reminds drivers to:

  • Always check to ensure your headlights and taillights are clear of dirt and snow before driving.
  • Use headlights from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise, and any time visibility is poor such as in rain, snow, fog or smoke – this is a requirement under the Traffic Safety Act. In December, Saskatchewan RCMP ticketed 23 drivers for this dangerous infraction.
  • Replace burnt out lights as soon as possible. It’s dangerous and illegal to drive with one headlight or taillight.
  • Use high beams when driving in the dark, or when appropriate. Remember to switch to low beams when passing or following another vehicle – the Traffic Safety Act requires you to do so.
  • Make sure you don’t overdrive your headlights: maintain a speed that lets you react to anything in the distance lit up by them.

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