LED rear lights in winter weather. What to look out for?
This past weekend, a huge amount of snow fell across the country. Beautiful for the eye, but less enjoyable for anyone who has to take the public roads. Besides scratching the windows and clearing the snow from the road, it is also important to clear the LED rear lights of snow and ice before you hit the road. In order to avoid expensive fines, we have listed below all the fines you risk when you go on the road in winter weather.
Snow or ice on your LED rear lights?
If you go on the road and your LED taillights are still full of ice or snow, you risk a €140 euro fine. Especially if your vehicle is equipped with LED lights, it is extra important to clear the lights of ice before you drive. This keeps the glass of the LED taillights cold while driving. Ice and snow will therefore not melt by itself due to the heat of the lights. Vehicles with halogen lighting usually (except during extreme snowfalls, such as last weekend) do not suffer from this due to the heat released by this type of lighting. However, we at TRALERT® would like to recommend that you use caution and clear your lights of ice and snow before driving, regardless of the type.
Is it raining or snowing? Then make sure your LED lights are on
Is it raining or snowing? Is it gray or dreary outside and is visibility poor as a result? Then make sure your LED taillights are on. To avoid a €140 euro fine, do not run low beam or high beam lights when visibility is poor. LED tail lights that are not fully on in poor visibility also means a €140 euro fine. Completely forgetting to turn on your lights in poor visibility can result in a €280 Euro fine. Never pleasant for you, and perhaps for your employer. These amounts are better invested in a good set of LED taillights, to avoid this problem. Right?
Turn off your LED lights in the following situations
In bad weather, you would argue that it is important to turn on your vehicle's lights. However, this is not always the case. When using your LED taillights, be aware of the following: unnecessarily running your rear fog light risks a €140 euro fine. Carrying a fog light can cost you €95 euro. The front fog light may only be used when visibility is seriously restricted by fog, snowfall or rain. The rear fog light may only be used when fog or snowfall reduces visibility to less than 50 meters.
If you forget to turn off the high beam and this causes you to obstruct oncoming traffic, it could cost you a further €140.
A visible license plate, starts with good lighting
When you go out on the road during winter days, it is extra important to know the license plate of your vehicle. Before you hit the road, it's a good idea to check your windows and mirrors as well as your license plates. These must be clearly visible and not covered by a layer of snow. The fine is €45 if they are not properly legible. If a plate is missing or totally unreadable, the fine can be up to €140 euros. Another tool to make your license plate more visible is to add LED license plate lights to your vehicle. With the help of lights, your license plate will be more visible regardless of the weather conditions.
Don't risk fines, prepare well for winter weather
Good preparation is half the battle. If you read the above article carefully, you can avoid several fines. Added together, this amount comes to: €1260 euros. Therefore, make sure that your vehicle is equipped with the correct LED lighting. Do you have questions about how best to equip your vehicle for winter weather? Our product specialists are ready to help you through the cold winter months. Together with them you can put together a lighting set that is suitable for your vehicle.
Bron: Algemeen Dagblad, 2021.