Drivers could face fines of up to £5,000 for headlight issues this winter – how are yours?

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Motorists could be hit with a £100 on the spot fine for using a vehicle with faulty headlights, with fines potentially rising to £5,000. If cases are sent to court, drivers could face the £5,000 fine and nine penalty points on their licence.

Experts at GEM Motoring Assist advise drivers to always use dipped headlights – day or night – especially at this time of year.

Switching them on will also ensure the rear lights are on, so drivers will be more conspicuous from the front and the rear.

Drivers should also make regular checks of the main beams, indicators, sidelights, fog lights and brake lights.

They are also urging drivers not to rely on automatic light systems at all times and to make themselves familiar with how their car lights work.

In one week, drivers will see the shortest day of the year, as December 21 is the Winter Solstice, with most drivers seeing just over eight hours of sunlight.

For most driving to work, or to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, they may be setting off and driving home in the dark.

A GEM spokesperson explained: “More and more cars now have automatic lighting arrangements.

“These, combined with front-only daytime running lights, mean it’s easy to assume your lights are all taken care of without your needing to do anything.

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“However, daytime running lights are fairly dim and don’t illuminate the road ahead.

“They are not sufficient on their own to make you properly visible to oncoming traffic and other road users, especially in foggy or wet conditions.

“What’s more, you are likely to be displaying no rear lighting whatsoever.

“If your car is easy to spot, you will be doing your bit for road safety. After all, drivers tend not to crash into things they can see.

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