Driving to NoVA yesterday in the sometimes pouring rain, I was struck by how many cars did not have their headlights on. I understood it was the law that headlights were required (even though I’ve had no luck in tracking down the legislation). Note this information from the DMV (emphasis mine):
Virginia law requires motorists to use headlights during inclement weather such as rain, fog, snow or sleet when visibility is reduced to 500 feet. You must use your headlights whenever you use your windshield wipers as a result of bad weather.
So what’s up with all those cars in front of me with no tail lights on?After a while, it dawned on me: they were using daytime running lights! With daytime running lights on, the tail lights are not lit.
So, it begs the question: are daytime running lights the same as headlights? If they are, then the legislation requiring headlights needs to be amended to include tail lights. After all, when driving down 95 in the rain, it’s not the cars coming towards me that are the problem; instead, it’s the ones in front of me, who I can barely see due to the spray from the tires. (And why does it seem everybody is buying grey or silver cars these days?)