Should you use headlights during the day?

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Do you use your headlights during the day?

Every driver knows to turn their headlights on at night, but what about during the day? What about daytime running lights (DRL)?

Daytime headlights

There are certain situations on the road when drivers should use their headlights in the daytime, such as inclement weather (rain, sleet, snow, hail, or fog). Some states, like, California and Alabama, legally require headlights to be on when wipers are running. If your wipers are running, more than likely, visibility is low, according to

Other situations that may require the use of daytime headlights are when you're driving through rural or mountainous areas, particularly on two-lane highways. Narrow roads with tight turns also lower your vision, so using your headlights in the day would be beneficial not only for you but for other drivers.

Drivers should look out for any road signs that indicate a required use of daytime lights. Most states require drivers to have their headlights on between sunset and sunrise. Check your local headlights laws to see what your state requires.

Daytime running lights

DLRs come on when you start your engine and turn off when your car stops running. These lights are bright and make your vehicle visible to other cars during the day. According to a transportation research synthesis conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, daytime running lights can "decrease collisions by anywhere from five to ten percent."

Many cars now come with auto headlights, which turn on by themselves when the level of light drops. But, it's important to remember to check your vehicle, especially if you're driving a vehicle you're not familiar with, like a rental.

Donegal Insurance Group reminds you to always drive with your headlights on and take all precautions to reduce the risks of collisions.

For more information on using your headlights during the day, or if you want to see what your insurance options are, visit Donegal Insurance Group at