Half of motorists 'have driven without lights'Drivers admit to forgetting lights

27 November 2007

A car on a road

More than half of motorists have driven in the dark with no headlights at least once in the last year, says a new survey.

As many as 3% have crashed, made a sudden manoeuvre or nearly had an accident after forgetting to put their lights on, the survey from esure car insurance found.

Around 12% of motorists admitted they did not even know they had sidelights, while around 7% have never used their fog lights.

Dazzled

Almost all (99%) have been dazzled by oncoming traffic using full-beam headlights while 90% have flashed their car lights to alert other drivers that they were driving without lights.

People from East Anglia were the safest drivers when it comes to using their headlights appropriately. In contrast, motorists from Northern Ireland were the most reluctant to switch their lights on, with 18% claiming that they never think it is dark enough to justify using their headlights.

Londoners were found to be most clueless about car lights, with Northern Ireland motorists most likely to forget to put their lights on.

Drivers in the south east of England were least likely to use fog lights and 26% of Londoners have driven in the dark for more than a mile before remembering to turn their lights on.

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