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Old 05-28-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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This is a pretty goofy question... but with all the rain we've been having I keep noticing that most drivers don't seem to use headlights when it's raining during the day. Driving back from Hickory this past week in a heavy downpour, maybe half the drivers had their lights on.

Is it not a law to turn lights on when wipers are needed here? Or is it not enforced? Not trying to start another "NC drivers are sooo bad" thread, I'm just curious and wondering if it's random or a regional thing!

I hate driving in the rain anyways, no lights sure makes it worse! Especially if you drive a gray/neutral colored car, turn your lights on so we can see you!
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Mint Hill, NC
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My daughter and I have commented on the same thing numerous times. We didn't have the amount/kind of rain in Cali that we have here. And I don't remember if there is any rule/law there about this. But I've always used my headlights even when it's just cloudy. Between a gray car and a white truck, I want to be as visible as possible!
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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Yes, you are correct. It is NC law that when windshield wipers are in use, the headlights must be on.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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yes the law is we must have headlights on when its raining. We have many rule breakers here in Charlotte. One is headlights, the others are turn signals (optional), hazard lights when its snowing and raining (why?), Parking wherever you can fit the vehicle - how about leaving the pets in the vehicle with the windows up and temp in the 100's what about labs jumping out of the pick up truck beds at 70 mph? And then theres 'Black Ice" rule breakers....they use breaks with both feet. I almost forgot....real bright fog lights, when there is no fog!
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Old 05-28-2009, 04:01 PM
 
Location: CLT native
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Us natives turn ON our headlights.
But we are greatly outnumbered, so you are more than likely seeing transplants ride around in the rain without headlights.

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Old 05-28-2009, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Southern NC
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Us natives turn ON our headlights.
But we are greatly outnumbered, so you are more than likely seeing transplants ride around in the rain without headlights.


I think you're right!
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Old 05-28-2009, 05:12 PM
 
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But us NY'ers know too!!!!
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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These are drivers that think conserving energy starts with not using directional signals! Why would they burn headlights in the rain?
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Is it not a law to turn lights on when wipers are needed here? Or is it not enforced? Not trying to start another "NC drivers are sooo bad" thread, I'm just curious and wondering if it's random or a regional thing!
For it to be enforced would mean that somebody would be getting wet, like the Police Officer. It's already dangerous enough stopping people in the dry much less when it's raining. So highly unlikely you will see that getting enforced and I don't blame them for that.

Most cars of today have some type of Day-Lights on them.
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Waxhaw
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Too bad there's no IQ test at the DMV.
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