Rear Fog Lights, Reverse Lights & Reflectors
What You Need To Know About Rear Lights, Reverse Lights & Reflectors
The above elements can be sold as light clusters or as individual components, but this will depend on the type of vehicle. Each component is very important, especially when driving in poor weather conditions.
Rear fog lights are to help drivers when there is reduced visibility. It is not a legal requirement for rear fog lights to be used when driving in fog, however it is highly recommended so other drivers can see your vehicle. However, it is illegal to use front or rear fog lights in normal driving conditions. This can result in a fixed penalty notice, which is a £30 fine but no penalty points.
Reflectors are a small piece of specially patterned glass which is fitted to the back of a vehicle, which glows when light shines on it to aid visibility.
What are the terms relating to sides of the vehicle?
Vehicle parts maybe specified to be drivers or passengers. The drivers’ side of the vehicle is the right-hand side of the vehicle and may be referred to as the off side or O/S. The passenger is the left-hand side and may be referred to as the near side or N/S.
Rear Fog Lights, Reverse Lights & Reflectors Buying Guide
Here is an explanation of the terms used to help you choose the correct Rear Fog Lights and Reflectors for your vehicle.
Rear Fog Lamp
To be used when visability is poor so other road users can see you easier.
A reflector is a small piece of specially patterned glass or plastic which is fitted to the back of a bicycle or car or to a post beside the road, and which glows when light shines on it
In the UK it is a legal requirement to have at least one rear fog light which must be located on the vehicle centre line or to the off-side (the driver's side)
Frequently Asked Questions
When to use rear fog lights?
You should only use your fog lamps when the visibility drops below 100m (the length of a football pitch). Another test is whether you can see the tail lights of the car in front, if not then it's a good sign you need to turn on your rear fog lights. Be sure to turn them off when visibility improves to avoid dazzling other drivers.
Why are vehicles fitted with rear fog lights?
Vehicles are fitted with rear fog lights to make the rear of the vehicle more visible in thick fog to car's behind you.
What is the rear fog light symbol?
The rear fog light symbol usually resembles the below:
How do I fix my reversing lights?
One of the most common reasons for a reverse light breaking is that the bulb has blown. However, another problem could be a blown fuse, this should be checked if both reversing lights stop working simultaneously. The current, wires and switch will also need to be checked and should be done so by a qualified auto-electrician.
Do I have to have my reversing light working?
It is not a legal requirement to have your reverse light working and it is not part of an MOT.