The summer evenings come to an end all too soon and as soon as August begins to fade you can see the nights getting darker. They seem to get progressively darker far more quickly than they get progressively lighter, in the spring. When it is getting dusky in the evenings it is easy to forget to switch on your car headlights after you have been on the road for a while. It is essential you switch your headlights on as soon as you begin to see the natural light fading and it is not good practice to wait until the last minute. You are certainly not saving electricity.
It can be extremely annoying to see cars who seem to delay switching their car headlights on until it is virtually completely dark. You may be thinking that you can see fine and that you do not need the lights on to see the road ahead. However, what you must remember is that the other drivers may not be able to see you quite so clearly. If you suddenly drive from a junction or after overtaking a bus or cyclist, you may be endangering both yourself and other road users by not having you headlights on. See and be seen is the key to safety when it comes to using your lights.
In some countries it is the law to drive with your car headlights on at all times, even during the daylight hours. Whilst this is not necessary in Britain, it is essential you switch them on when it gets dark.
There are times, even in Great Britain, where it is eminently sensible to drive with your headlights on and that is during bad weather. It is quite possible to get heavy downpours and even hail in the middle of August. During stormy weather it is almost certain visibility will be affected. You will often see drivers switching their lights on to get through a patch of bad weather. The same can be said for winter snow when visibility can be significantly reduced and daylight can often be very dull even in the middle of the day.
It is a good idea to regularly check that your car lights are functioning well by switching them on when safely on the driveway at home or in a car park, stepping out of the car and checking that both left and right sets function. Headlights are easy to replace and can be bought more cheaply online.