SEE and be SEEN

Did you know that…

  • Daytime running lights only turn on the lights at the front of your vehicle?
  • A bright dashboard might not mean your headlights are on?
  • Automatic headlights may not turn on in bad weather – this is something you must do

Don’t put yourself and others at risk. Driving without proper vehicle lighting can be extremely dangerous.

Turn your headlights on when:

  • It’s dark out, such as dusk, dawn, night, driving in a dark tunnel.
  • It’s hard to see, for instance when it’s raining.

Keep your lights clean and in good working condition. Make sure your headlights are aimed properly.

Understand the different light symbols and know how and when to use them.


Master light switch
Manually selects the different lighting options of your vehicle.

Daytime running lights
Makes vehicle more visible during the day.
  • Turn on when headlights are off.
  • Do not provide enough light on the road ahead of your vehicle when it is dark out.

Note: Marking lights are off.

Headlight lower beam
(low beam, passing beam, dipped beam)
Lights up the road just in front of your vehicle. Lights up at least 60 metres ahead of the vehicle and 20 to 30 metres in the oncoming traffic lane.


  • In urban areas with lit streets.
  • When following or approaching oncoming vehicles.

Headlight upper beam
(high beam, driving beam, main beam)
Lights up a longer distance, allowing you to see far down a dark road. Lights up at least 150 metres ahead of the vehicle and 30 to 60 metres in the oncoming traffic lane.


  • In rural areas.

Switch off when:

  • Another car is coming towards or is driving in front of you.
  • Driving in fog, rain or snow as light from your upper beams reflects off fog, rain or snow. This makes it even more difficult to see the road and obstacles in front of the vehicle.
Automatic upper beam Automatically switches off upper beam when there is oncoming traffic or when there is a vehicle ahead. Ensures that your lights do not cause glare for other drivers.
Automatic headlights Automatically switches headlights and marking lights on or off according to the amount of light outside the vehicle. Ensures that your headlights and marking lights are on when you need them.

Front fog lights
Provides better view of the road in fog, as they have a wide beam pattern to light up the road directly in front of your vehicle. Use if driving in fog or snow.

Rear fog lights
Makes your vehicle more visible to drivers behind you in fog, as they are brighter than tail lights. Use only if driving in fog, rain or snow as it can be confused with stop lights and distract other drivers.

Marking lights
Activates front position lights, rear position lights (tail lights), side marker lights and licence plate lights.

Make your vehicle more visible to others.

Note: Headlights are off.

Download the PDF to learn about driving with proper vehicle lights.

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