It was a strange scene recently when a thick fog obscured everything and out of the nothingness came lights, right at me.
What first looked like some giant alien spacecraft, actually was a huge pickup, jacked up even higher. I haven't seen that many lights on one vehicle since an 18-wheeler blew by me on the interstate a while back.
That occurred on a clear night. But what about those vehicles with brightly illuminated lights when there is no darkness. Particularly, we're talking fog lights.
“‘Front fog lamp' means a lamp mounted to provide illumination to the front of a motor vehicle during conditions of rain, snow, fog, dust, or other atmospheric disturbances; ‘Rear fog lamp' means a lamp mounted to provide illumination to the rear of a motor vehicle during conditions of rain, snow, fog, dust, or other atmospheric disturbances.”
The statute says: “A motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed two front fog lamps or two rear fog lamps which shall only be used when visibility (as described above) is limited to one-half (1/2) mile or less.
“Front fog lamps shall be mounted on the same level on opposite sides of the front of the vehicle at or below the level of the headlamps. Front fog lamps may be used with lower beam headlamps or switch controlled in conjunction with the headlamps and may be used, at the discretion of the driver, with either low or high beam headlamps. Front fog lamps shall not be used in substitution of headlamps, when headlamps are required. Every fog lamp or auxiliary driving lamp used upon a motor vehicle shall be so adjusted and aimed that no part of the high intensity portion of the beam shall, at a distance of twenty-five (25) feet, rise above the horizontal plane passing through the center of the lamp.”
A vehicle can have one or two fog lamps, or auxiliary lamps, mounted on the front below the level of the center of the headlights. Fog lamps cannot be used in place of headlights, except when rain or fog render headlights basically useless, the law says. If there is any doubt as to whether your lights, fog or normal headlamps, are not adjusted properly, have them checked. Most any service site can do so easily and quickly.
Here's an important reminder from Jack Damrill of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority.
He says those who drive the Turner Turnpike should be aware that construction begins Monday on the toll road between mile markers 189 and 194. The project includes pavement rehabilitation and guardrail repair along this stretch of highway east of Stroud, he says. He advises motorists to be prepared for lane closures and reduced speed limits during the project. He says construction crews will be working during the overnight hours to help reduce traffic congestion.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.