A photo illustration of a lone car driving at night with it headlights turned on

Headlights help you see and be seen by other cars on the road

When do I have to have my headlights turned on in Vermont?

Anyone familiar with the Heritage Toyota Blog may have noticed we offer a lot of tips about safer driving practices as a part of a larger Heritage Toyota safety campaign. Many of these tips and pieces of information are meant to serve as a reminder to all of us on the road. Over time all of develop bad habits and need to be reminded how to be safer behind the wheel. There is no doubt that you’ve noticed that the sun starts to set very early this time of year. It has occurred to us that this would be a good time to remind people about when they need to have their headlights turned on in Vermont as well as some other driving etiquette tips that may be useful.

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Rules for night driving in Vermont

A driver can follow all of the rules of the road and still be caught off-guard by the surprises that pop out of the darkness from the side of the road. Having your headlights on at the appropriate times – not to mention properly aimed – will be very important to staying safe when driving after dark. Here are some important things to remember when you’re out driving after the sun goes down.

  • The State of Vermont requires that drivers have their headlights turned on 30 minutes before the sun rises and 30 minutes before the sun sets. This is when animals are going to more active and potentially crossing the road.
  • Only having a vehicle’s parking lights turned on does not count as having your headlights on in the eyes of Vermont’s driving laws.
  • While not required, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles strongly recommends that drivers turn on their headlights while driving during inclement weather.

Do I have to have my headlights on during the day?

According to the official Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers are not required to have their headlights on during the day. However, the state DMV cites studies that conclude driving with your low beams on during the day can reduce the risk of vehicle collisions by as much as 20 percent.

Are daytime running lights enough?

Many advancements have been made with LED technology being used in daytime running lights, the Vermont DMV still suggests turning on your low beams (at least) while driving.

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