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Car tip: Lighting up during the day saves lives

Research shows that using your lights during the day reduces the risk of collisions.

TO INCREASE ROAD safety, the European Commission decided to introduce dedicated Daytime Running Light (DRL) on all new types of motor vehicles from the year 2011 onwards.

DRLs come on automatically when the car is started. If your car isn’t fitted with DRLs turn on your dipped headlights during the day to make your car more visible to other road users and pedestrians.

Source: Opel Media

Research shows that using DRLs can reduce collisions by 5- to 15 per cent with a reduction of 15 per cent in multi-party daytime collisions leading to fatal injury and switching on your headlights during the day can reduce the risk of being involved in a collision by 10 per cent.

In fact, it is mandatory in many countries around the world to switch your lights for daytime driving. So if you want to increase your visibility and reduce your chance of being involved in a collision, turn on your lights.

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