First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department has a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws.  It will run on the first Friday of each month. Here is this month’s traffic fact.

Driving with parking lights only


(a) A vehicle shall display each lighted lamp and illuminating device required by this chapter to be on the vehicle:

(1) at nighttime; and

(2) when light is insufficient or atmospheric conditions are unfavorable so that a person or vehicle on the highway is not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet ahead.

Often you see people driving around in the dark or in bad weather with just their parking lights on.  There’s a reason they’re called parking lights.  The law requires you to use all your lights (including headlights) at nighttime, which is defined as being one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise, as well as anytime when you cannot see clearly for 1,000 feet, which essentially covers all inclement weather as well as dusk and dawn.  Therefore, you should never be driving with just your parking lights on.  If you’re in a situation where you need to have any lights on at all, then you must use your headlights.

Some people will say that they don’t want to use their headlights during bad weather or at dusk because there’s enough ambient light for them to see and their headlights won’t be illuminating anything.  However, headlights are not only for lighting-up the road ahead, but they also make you more visible to other drivers.  So whenever visibility is reduced, you should use your headlights, if not to help you see but to help others see you.


Vehicle with parking lights on


*Thanks to the Texas Highway Man