q: i would like to know if it is legal to have your fog lights on with your headlights at night when it is not foggy out. i have noticed a lot of vehicles with all four lights on while driving at night. these extra two lights do make it much more…
sgt. neil dickenson
q: i would like to know if it is legal to have your fog lights on with your headlights at night when it is not foggy out. i have noticed a lot of vehicles with all four lights on while driving at night. these extra two lights do make it much more difficult to see when they are coming at you at night.a: yes, it is legal if the lights are within the proper height and aimed within the legal range. i recommend that fog lights be used only in low-visibility settings, as some of them can be hard on the other drivers’ eyes.this is the state statute that cover fog lights:
“169.56 auxiliary lights. subd. 2. fog light. any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed two fog lamps mounted on the front at a height not less than 12 inches nor more than 30 inches above the level surface upon which the vehicle stands. high beams simply light up the fog and can make it difficult to see. fog lights light up the road below the fog. the fog light reflectors are designed to spread the beam wider for a shorter distance.”
make sure all of your markers, directionals, parking lights and low/high-beam lights are working. remember to turn on your headlights in the rain. use the fog lights only when you have very low visibility, and don’t forget to turn them off when the fog has lifted. even though it may be legal, it can make visibility difficult for other drivers.
sgt. neil dickenson is a public information officer with the minnesota state patrol.
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