When Is It Appropriate to Use My High Beams?

High beams are great for making yourself more visible to other drivers, especially when there is low visibility. However, there are specific situations where using them is appropriate and conditions when it's not. It depends on several factors, like the time of day, the time of year, the amount of precipitation, and the presence of other vehicles. High beams are reserved for situations where it's safe and legal to use them.

So, when is it appropriate to use your high beams? Here's everything you need to know.


When There Is No Oncoming Traffic

High beams should only be used when there's no oncoming traffic. There are a few reasons for this. First, you don't want to be blinding oncoming drivers, it is dangerous if other drivers are overwhelmed by your high beams. Second, your focus should be on driving when you're on the road. Using high beams distracts you and increases your chances of making a mistake.

When You Need to See Something Best

You should use your high beams when you need to see what's ahead of you best. For example, if you're driving through a tunnel or are on a dimly lit road, you should use your high beams. Then you'll be able to see what's ahead of you without being blinded by the low beams.

Following An Animal at Night

If you're following an animal at night, you should keep using your high beams. This is an essential safety tool. With your high beams on, you can easily spot the animal and make sure you stay a safe distance behind the animal.

Getting Safety in Your Blind Spot

When you're in your blind spot, you don't know there are other cars with you. You only see two walls. This can be very dangerous. You need to turn on your high beams. The high beams will give you a good view of the road right in front of you.


Your high beams may seem like a simple switch, but several considerations go into their use. To use your high beams safely and effectively, understand the basic rules of high beam usage.

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