Explain car lights to me
September 3, 2012 9:38 AM Subscribe
Which car lights should I use when? On different cars: How do I select them? How do I know which ones are on?
posted by ManInSuit to travel & transportation (28 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This seems like a crazy thing to not be able to know or figure out on my own, but, honestly, I have spent a lot of time googling this, and have somehow not been able to figure this out:
I am a pretty infrequent and not-so-experienced driver of cars. When I drive, it's usually a rental car, or car-share car, so I drive lots of different cars, with different controls, and different dashboards.
I am confused about a number of things about car lights. From what I undertand, cars have regular headlights, high-beams, daytime running lights, sometimes fog lights (and maybe others I do not know about).
What I want to know is:
1) What lights should I be using in what situations?
2) How do I typically turn the lights on/off and choose which light(s) to use?
3) How can I tell, from the dashboard, what lights are in use? Are there standard symbols?
I have googled all over for a page that explains all this, but have somehow not been able to find anything.
If it matters - I am in Canada, and sometimes drive here, sometimes in the US.