Wipers On, Headlights On
Now that fall has finally arrived in Central Virginia, we must return to the realities of driving in inclement weather. In Virginia, drivers are required to use their vehicles’ headlights at night, during inclement weather conditions, and whenever the vehicle’s windshield wipers are in use.
Compliance with these provisions seems to be difficult for drivers in the Lynchburg area. Headlight use is rooted in common sense: If it is necessary to use one’s windshield wipers, it is because the driver’s ability to see is impaired in some way. Turning the lights on increases the vehicle’s visibility to other drivers, who can then use extra caution to prevent potential accidents. As we were taught in our driver’s education courses, we must remember to “drive defensively.” It is not just about you being able to see the road, but about others being able to see you.
Perhaps this information will come in handy during holiday small talk this year. Drive safely, everyone! (Not like the car in the picture is ostensibly driving. Please don't do that on the roads.)
(For the curious, the applicable Code section can be found here.)