Should I Get a Car with Fog Lights?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Buying tips, Safety, Technology, Tips and Tricks on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 6:53 pm
fog light benefits header image showing fog light emanating from 2018 toyota tundra

Fog Lights Benefits

When we start writing about Thanksgiving around these parts, you know that winter isn’t far behind. With winter’s inevitable onslaught of snow, freezing rain and fog, we are going to use our blog to discuss things drivers should know before heading out on roads with less-than-stellar traction.

The first thing we’re going to take a look at is fog lights. Available on many different types of vehicles, fog lights are a recognizable part of a vehicle’s front bumper and fascia. Usually, fog lights are mounted low on a vehicle, often directly in front of the wheel well.

They look like small headlights, and can be stylishly incorporated into the exterior front-end design of a vehicle. While the design may differ, their purpose is the same – to help you, a driver, gain visibility in poor weather.

2018 toyota c-hr on a beach near lexington ma

The 2018 Toyota C-HR features fog lights as a standard feature on the XLE Premium model

What do Fog Lights Do?

All exterior lights are usually beneficial in poor weather. We say “usually” because there are times when standard headlights, and even high beams, can be a detriment to safe driving and visibility. What’s even worse about this, is it that the better the headlights are (HIID or LED for example), often the worse they become under certain circumstances.

Those circumstances involve heavy fog or snow. In these situations, headlights – both standard and high beam – can limit visibility. What happens when fog accumulates, or when snow is falling densely, is that the light put out by your headlights reflects off of the fog or snow. This creates less visibility, and makes it harder to see oncoming traffic, or even the road in front of you.

It can be especially bad at night when you are counting on the reflection of your lights to provide a path forward. Fog lights allow you to see in these circumstances, illuminating the road in front of you but not the fog or snow.


[READ MORE: What is the Best SUV for Snow?]


How Do Fog Lights Work?

Mounted low on your vehicle’s front-end, fog lights are angled down with a wide lens to illuminate the road, and only the road, in front of you. By maintaining an acute angle with the ground, fog lights are able to only illuminate the road and anything close to it, allowing you to see other vehicles from their lights through the dense fog.

No distracting and glaring reflection.

This feature adds one more layer of safety for inclement-weather driving.

For questions about Toyota vehicles, and which ones are available with fog lights, or to schedule a test-drive, contact us today!


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