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Are my lights on?!?!

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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 00:37   #1
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Default Are my lights on?!?!

OK, I'm sure this may have been asked before, but how do you tell if your headlights have been turned on when in automatic mode? There appears to be no light on the dash that illuminates to indicate they've been put on. On other cars I've had that have this function, they do this. Do Volvo's not do this? Thanks in advance, Dave.
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 06:45   #2
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There is no indication. A well-discussed issue !
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There is no indication. A well-discussed issue !
A big problem when it's foggy and bright, you can't tell if your main lights are on so you have to switch on manually. Caught me out a few times.
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If it is foggy you should have your rear fog lamp on, that automatically switches on dipped headlights
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Only if visibility is seriously reduced, which leaves the problem when it is sunny with low fog or spray, etc.
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I guess that the volvo philosophy is that your lights will always be on.
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Only if visibility is seriously reduced, which leaves the problem when it is sunny with low fog or spray, etc.
if there is low spray then you should have the rear fog on as the spray obscures the rear lights.

But with the Volvo having high rear lights this isn't an issue, plus the front DRLs are sufficient for you to be seen by oncoming vehicles.

Headlights are now for you to see with, the days when they were required for others to see you have passed with the introduction of DRLs - that was the idea of introducing DRLs
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With the exception that most cars with DRL's only have front illumination.

Which is ridiculous when driving towards the sun or in rain, as you cannot see the vehicle in front as easy.

People seem these days to think that as they have DRL's they do not need to think until they cannot see in front of them. Without any thought for other road users.
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if there is low spray then you should have the rear fog on as the spray obscures the rear lights.

But with the Volvo having high rear lights this isn't an issue, plus the front DRLs are sufficient for you to be seen by oncoming vehicles.

Headlights are now for you to see with, the days when they were required for others to see you have passed with the introduction of DRLs - that was the idea of introducing DRLs
The rule is fog lights (front or rear) should be used only when visibility is less than 100m / 330 feet and switched off when visibility improves.

Generally fog lights are lower than the stop or position lamps - to mitigate dazzling other drivers at junctions etc
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The rule is fog lights (front or rear) should be used only when visibility is less than 100m / 330 feet and switched off when visibility improves.

Generally fog lights are lower than the stop or position lamps - to mitigate dazzling other drivers at junctions etc
The Highway Code rules for driving in adverse weather conditions
Rule 226

You MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves (see Rule 236).

The Volvo system of giving no indication whatsoever to the driver of the condition of their dipped headlights is one of the most annoying "features" of the car. The only way to tell is the reflection from the car in front!
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