News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Bermuda Road Safety Council (BRSC) would like to bring awareness to the importance of the proper use of headlights on a vehicle. The use of headlights is simple and common sense, but with the enhancement of headlight technology and the increase in brightness, we must highlight how and when to properly use them.

In the Road Traffic Act 1947, under “Lights and reflectors” section 25 (1) states – Every vehicle on any road shall, during the hours of darkness (being the period between half-an-hour after sunset and half-an-hour before sunrise) carry lighted lamps or reflectors as required under this section. 

All vehicles that are licensed and fit to be on the road, will have a set of working headlights with dim and high settings. These each have their separate time when to be utilized. 

In the TCD Traffic Code Handbook section 63 Lamps – Dip your headlights when meeting other vehicles on the road unless there are special circumstances which make it unsafe for you to do so.  64 – Switch off or dip your headlights when you are following another vehicle which you do not intend to overtake. 65 – Do not use your headlights unnecessarily, especially in lighted areas. 

Under Lighting Requirements you must – use headlights at night, use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. Ensure all sidelights and rear registration plate lights are lit at night. Use dipped headlights, or dim-dip if fitted, at night in built-up areas and in dull daytime weather, to ensure that you can be seen. Slow down, and if necessary stop, if you are dazzled by oncoming headlights. You must not, use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users; this includes the use of fog lights, (it is recommended not to use fog lights at any time).

Each driver or rider on our roads has a responsibility while driving to ensure that they use their headlights at the prescribed time and at the proper setting when required. 

The BRSC asks that all road users adhere to the guidelines of using their headlights, along with all other road rules and laws, to ensure the safety of road users. 

Drive with care and caution, slow down and don’t drink and drive Bermuda.