Know your car’s lighting system

Safe driving

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Vehicles have evolved into complex machinery and it has become more important to learn how to use their safety devices to keep them under control.

Signaling devices such as headlights, tail lights and hazard lights are simple mechanisms that inform other drivers that you are slowing down, stopping, leaving the road, turning or changing lanes.

Turn signals are composed of left and right indicators to denote the direction you intend to take. These should be turned on at least 50 metres before taking a turn.

Brake lights are bright red lights that light up to warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down or stopping, while reverse lights signal that you are backing up.

Hazard lights, used for emergency situations, make a distinctive flashing sequence, turning all safety signals into blinking mode. These alert other drivers that your car is not in motion, or there are dangers or hazards ahead.

Headlights, situated in the front of the car, illuminate the road at nighttime and during bad weather.

Dashboard warning lights display various car and engine conditions such as gear shift, seat belt, battery, temperature, fuel gauge and more. They activate when any of the components malfunctions.

Motorists must keep in mind to use the appropriate signal before manoeuvering their car for the safety of all passengers and road users. Timely maintenance is also important.

Handy Hints
• Avoid aggressively flashing bright headlights
• Use hazard lights during emergency situations
• Always check the front and rear indicator lights

Zenifer Khaleel, Special to ClassifiedsThe writer is a freelancer