Drivers warned not to rely on automatic headlights with two common issues seriously dangerous in the winter

MOTOR experts have issued warnings against the use of automatic headlights this winter.

John Clark Motor Group has highlighted the potential dangers of relying on automatic headlights this winter.

Experts have issued warnings against the use of automatic headlights this winter


Experts have issued warnings against the use of automatic headlights this winterCredit: Getty

The automatic headlight control system in cars enables vehicle to detect brightness from the great outdoors, and activate our lights when the sensor level drops.

However, the harsh and unpredictable British winter weather can prove to be a challenge for this feature.

Frost, fog, and snow can directly impact the effectiveness of this sensor, and cause it to work incorrectly. 

Additionally, the daytime running lights in many new vehicles can activate white headlights at the front of your vehicle, but leave your taillights in the dark at night or in inclement weather.

This could lead to drivers behind you not seeing the back of your car, increasing the risk of a rear end collision.

In order to avoid the risks, experts have recommended not relying on the automatic setting.

Instead, they have advised to manually change the headlights to the correct settings, to ensure better visibility when driving on the winter roads for you and other drivers.

Experts at John Clark group said: “It’s imperative that drivers are careful driving their vehicles in winter conditions, as the night’s are darker for longer, and the chances of fog, snow, and ice are never far away.

“Besides the usual icy windows, and cold interiors, headlights are a serious asset to a car and shouldn’t be ignored.

“If you’re ever in doubt about your headlights, always turn your headlights to the appropriate setting manually each time you get into your car to ensure a safer driving experience in winter.”

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