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Drivers warned of Highway Code rule about lights that could lead to £1,000 fine

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Drivers have been urged to take note of an important Highway Code rule regarding lights during bad weather. 'Daytime running lights' or DRLs are required for all new cars in the UK.

These are activated automatically as soon as the car is switched on and they improve visibility during the day in a bid to reduce road accidents.

In most cases, they only come on at the front of your car rather than the back - but drivers could be hit with a £1,000 fine if they only rely on the DRLs instead of dipped headlights, Somerset Live reports.

If you're caught by the police without your proper headlights on and rely only on your DRLs, you could face a hefty penalty.According to the Highway Code, you must activate these when visibility is "seriously reduced" either through light conditions, rain or fog - and generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres (328 feet).Graham Conway, managing director at Select Car Leasing, says: "DRLs have been helping to improve road safety for more than a decade now.

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