Yes, It’s Illegal To Drive Without Headlights in Michigan During Rain and Fog
I'll be honest, I'm a little hypervigilant when it comes to driving. My husband frequently reminds me that I use my headlights in the middle of the day and use my turn signal when no on else is around, despite the fact that I don't have to.
Yes, I know it doesn't matter. But maybe it's the girl scout in me saying "better safe than sorry!"
But the other morning I got into my car to head down 131, and I found myself driving through some seriously dense fog.
I made a joke on my instagram story that I was visiting the video game Silent Hill, but it was THICK! So much so that I was a little worried about seeing things ahead of me.
But apparently, I was one of the only ones concerned because I saw dozens of drivers making their way without their lights on, making it hard to see them before it was too late.
Is it illegal to drive without your headlights on during rain and fog in Michigan?
Yes! The state law in Michigan stipulates several times and scenarios in which you must use headlights.
The most obvious is within 30 minutes of dusk and dawn each day. The other variables include that headlights must be turned on when it is snowing, raining, sleeting, or hailing.
And also that headlights are required when you cannot see at least 500 feet ahead of you, which is also the case during thick fog like we saw the other day.
Because as a reminder: just because you can see, doesn't mean others can see you!
So here's your official notice: MSP and local police CAN ticket you for not using your headlights during these weather events, and I saw them doing it with my own eyes. Be smart, take the two seconds to flip on your lights, and travel safely!