Is It Illegal to Drive with High Beams?


Here is a question we get asked a lot. And it’s a good one. Is it illegal to drive with high beams in BC? High beams are literally higher beams, so they can tend to blind the people driving towards you.

And if you think about that, it’s a bit scary!

Legally in BC, you must dim your high beams whenever you are within 150 meters of another vehicle.

This includes vehicle in front of you going the same direction or opposite direction.

I’m not sure how many people can accurately judge 150 meters when they’re driving – let alone when they are not driving – so be courteous and dim your high beams when you encounter other drivers and pedestrians.

It makes sense why it’s illegal to drive with high beams, during certain situations.

illegal to drive with high beams

Here are a few other tips about Illegal To Drive With High Beams headlights

Drivers are required to use headlights 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunset.

At night, use your full headlights. It is illegal to drive at night with parking lights or daytime running lights instead of headlights.

Drivers are required to use headlights whenever visibility is reduced to less than 150 meters. This would happen for example during rain and foggy days.

Do not overdrive your headlights. This means that at the speed you are going, you are not able to stop in the distance covered by your headlights.

In other words, you are not able to stop your vehicle in the distance you can see with your eyes. I think it’s obvious why this is a bad idea.

over driving headlights

 If a vehicle facing you is blinding you with their high beams, you can look down and to the right side of the road.

You should be able to see the right edge of the road or maybe a white line.

Even if you can’t see much, you know that you should be to the left of the white line or edge of the road.

At night, adjust your rear-view mirror to the night driving position.

Make sure your lights are clean!

Turn on regular headlights on a dark and rainy day and when going through tunnels so that others can see you (not necessarily to light up the road)!

If your high beams are on, you should see this little blue light in your dash:

Please check that your high beams are OFF when you’re facing traffic. You are blinding me and I can’t see anything!

Always Use Your Headlights In Tunnels

Carmen

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada.

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