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On the Road: Are daylight running lights good enough in the rain?

By in Press Enterprise on February 4, 2018

By Amy Bentley

Q: Riverside resident Jerry H. Good asked about daylight running lamps.

“Now that rain has finally made it to the Inland Empire I have a question regarding the headlights and “wipers on” law. Are daylight running lights, which almost all new vehicles have, considered an acceptable substitute for headlights during the daylight hours?”

A: The answer is no. When using your windshield wipers while driving in the rain during the day, it’s the law in California that the vehicle’s headlamps must be on.

In some vehicles, the daylight running lamps are not as bright as the vehicle’s regular headlamps. When required, the California Highway Patrol says to use the regular headlamps and not the daylight running lights, because they might be dimmer, Riverside County CHP Officer Steve Carapia said.

The CHP also recommends using the regular headlamps when required while driving on desolate or curvy roads.

Q: Sam Woodall Jr. asked for driving tips for motorists to prevent slipping or hydroplaning while driving on icy roads in winter.

A: Winter driving can be scary and drivers must be extra careful when roads are icy or covered with snow. Here are some tips from AAA:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly to keep traction and avoid skids.
  • Don’t be in a hurry. It takes longer to slow down for a red light or stop sign on an icy road. Everything takes longer on icy or snow-covered roads. Allow time to maneuver and stop by driving slowly.
  • Increase your margin of safety when behind another driver to eight to 10 seconds. This gives you greater distance if you need to stop.
  • If possible, don’t stop. It’s better to slow down and try to come to a rolling stop at a traffic light or stop sign.
  • Don’t power up hills. Gunning it on the gas will start the wheels spinning. Get some inertia going to help […]    

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