Most middle of the range cars now come with fog lights, along with a bucket load of DIY maestros who fit their own fog lights, caring little about their alignment and positioning.
During total daylight, without even an ounce of darkness, you are likely to find no less that one in five people driving with their fog lights on - that's according to my personal day-to-day tally. Unbeknown to the driver, their fog lights are pissing me - and quite a few other road users - right off. Is there any logic whatsoever in using your fog lights during the day, or even during the night when there is absolutely NO fog around? Absolutely not.
Drivers that have mis-aligned fog lights manage to get at me the most, surely if they knew how bloody annoying and dangerous their showboating attempt was, they would realise that there is absolutely no logic in the use of their fog lights. Earlier model Subaru WRXs, along with VT-VZ Commodores must be the worst offenders, every single one of them - with fog lights on - seems to have their fog lights aligned directly at oncoming traffic.
And then there are rear fog lights...Hyundai Excels anyone? Rear fog lights are the bane of all evil and should not - under any circumstances - be operated during conditions where there is no fog! Surely drivers of these offending vehicles wonder what the little red fog light symbol on their dashboard means?! Unbeknown to them, they are irritating the absolute crap out of everyone else. They are subtle enough not to stand out at first, but the second you notice them, your eyes don't drift away until they're gone.
My rant does serve a purpose. It is in fact illegal to operate fog lights and rear fog lights during conditions where there is no fog. Unfortunately, Police are always too busy doing other things,opposed to booking serial offenders who think their fog lights somehow impress other drivers.
So next time your finger goes for that fog light switch - STOP. Because you are annoying the crap out of every other motorist on the road.
- Paul Maric