Quiz: Turn on headlights at night and in poor conditions

Of course, if you did the G1 written test, all the questions were derived from the Ontario Driver Handbook and you probably have a clue of the rules before the driving test.

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Your headlights must be clearly visible from what distance?
150m
200m
50m
100m

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Wrong!

Parking lights can be used for…?
Parking only
Parking and daylight running
Parking and driving in well-lit areas
Parking and driving in fog

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Wrong!

When you encounter an oncoming vehicle at night, you should dip your headlights when you get to within what distance of them?
150 m
200 m
50 m
100 m

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Wrong!

The rules on switching to low beam headlights apply…?
On all roads
On all roads outside urban areas
On all roads except those with dividers
Only on high-speed roads

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Wrong!

Your headlights must project a light of what colour?
White
Yellow
Red
Any of these

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When driving in the morning, you must keep your headlights on until…?
30 minutes after sunrise
Sunrise
30 minutes before sunrise
60 minutes after sunrise

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When you are coming up behind another vehicle that you don’t intend to pass, you should dip your headlights when you get within what distance of them?
60 m
120 m
30 m
40 m

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Wrong!

Rear lights must be what colour?
Red
White
Amber
Blue

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If you don’t have daytime running lights, what can you use in daylight to make your vehicle more visible?
Low beam headlights
Parking lights
Fog lights
High beam headlights

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Your headlights must allow you to clearly see objects what distance away?
110m
80m
130m
60m

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When driving in the evening, you must turn your headlights on…?
30 minutes before sunset
At sunset
30 minutes after sunset
60 minutes before sunset

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Your rear license plate must be illuminated when your headlights are on by a light of what colour?
White
Red
Yellow
Blue

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Wrong!

For poor light conditions, you should turn your headlights on if you cannot distinguish other vehicles, people or objects from at least what distance away?
150m
200m
100m
50m

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When and How To Use Your Vehicle Headlights

Having functional headlights on your car is mandatory for most traffic regulations. Vehicle headlights serve different roles, but the major function is to provide light in the dark. Even though headlights help vehicle drivers see the road clearly, they also help pedestrians and other approaching cars so they don’t collide.

If you are new on Canadian roads or learning how to drive, you need to understand traffic rules and vehicle regulations. When it comes to having your headlights on, you need to know when is the right time and how they are used. This article will cover the different instances when to use your car headlights.

When to use headlights

Use Your Vehicle HeadlightsAs a driver, you will encounter several situations on the road that will require you to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. Always turn on your headlights when;

  • Low visibility in towns and cities: Most probably, you will find yourself driving on an unfamiliar road that might have construction zones. In such a case, you need to slow down and then turn on your headlights to help you see the road clearly.
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  • On rural and country roads: Most rural roads have inadequate streetlights. They, therefore, may get too dark at times, thus hindering your vision. To ensure your safety and that of other rod users, turn on the headlights and clear your vision when the conditions require you to do so.
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  • 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise: Whenever you’re driving between sunset and sunrise, you need to have your vehicle headlights on so that you can see through the night’s darkness.

Different headlights and when to use them

The intensity of light from your vehicle headlight should be controlled to fit in different road situations. Otherwise, you may end up obstructing other road users or, worse, causing accidents.

  • Daytime running lights: Not to be confused with low beams, these lights make you more visible while on the road during the day.
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  • Dipped headlights/low beam headlights: Lower beats illuminate the immediate road in front of your vehicle. Using them makes a lot of sense when vision is seriously reduced. As such, they are ideal when driving in a city or town that is adequately lit or when driving in adverse weather. You can also use them when another vehicle is approaching to avoid obstructing the other driver’s vision.
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  • Full beam headlights: These are the brightest car light and angled higher than dipped headlights so that they can illuminate a longer distance from the car, enabling you to see clearly far away. Use full beam when driving on dark rural roads and switch to dipped lights when approaching another car that is either coming towards you or driving in front of you. Never use full beam when driving in fog, snow, or rain because they usually reflect, making it harder to see ahead.
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  • Automatic headlights: Found in most modern vehicles, these lights switch on and off depending on the intensity of light outside the vehicle.
Conclusion

Knowing how to and when to light up headlights is an essential driving skill for every driver. Hopefully, this article will benefit you if you are learning how to drive or are new on Canadian roads.