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Re: fog lights

At 11:55 AM 3/20/98 -0500, Robert Myers wrote:
>>This is something that's getting really annoying in the US.  Most new cars
>>come with fog lights...and people drive with them on regardless of the
>>conditions.  In the city, in the suburbs, during rush-hour.  What is up
>>with that?  On a bright, sunny day, people have 'em on.  On a clear night,
>>people have 'em on. Arrghhh.
>I drive with 200 watts of properly aimed fogs on every time I drive at
>night.  So shoot me.  
>I assume you live in a city somewhere.  Cities are almost always brightly
>lighted.  City drivers almost don't even need lights on their cars.
>I live out in the boondocks (actually out beyond the boondocks) where,
>after dark, you can see *nothing* unless you provide the light.  The wider
>beam pattern of the fog lights is a significant help in seeing potential
>obstacles beside the road - like perhaps a deer stepping toward the road or
>the pedestrian walking in the dark and wearing dark clothing or...  
>I can agree that use of fog lights on a well lighted highway is not
>necessary, but don't assume that everyone with fog lights turned on is an
>idiot or miscreant.

Yours may be perfectly aimed.  That's fine.  My A4's fog lights are
integrated into the headlamp.  I'm not even sure if I *can* adjust the aim.
 I say for every person who does use properly aimed, non-blinding fog
lights, there are 9 others who use blinding ones.  If it helps you to be
more visible, should it be OK to drive with your high-beams on all the
time?  No way...that's rediculous.  It seems that most who wield fog lights
do it without care for oncoming drivers.  Why?  Because they can legally
use them in the states.  I'm just saying that I think it's annoying...fog
lights becoming standard equipment on cars and most people not knowing how
to operate them properly (under the right conditions, etc).

- Josh Pinkert
- Josh@Pinkert.com
- '98 A4q 2.8
- ISO '70-'73 or '78-'83 Porsche 911