We’ve all grown up believing this road rule: you can’t have the interior lights on in the car while driving.
You know that law your dad was always yelling at you about? The one how it’s illegal to have the interior lights on while driving? Well, it turns out it’s not actually a law.
The “law” we are talking about holds many mixed emotions for parents. On the one hand, we don’t want our kids flicking that light on every flippin’ second. On the other hand, we want to be able to use it to: check our teeth, check on the kids in the backseat, look for our tweezers at traffic lights.
This supposed road rule as been told for so many years that many adults actually believe it is the law. While it generally isn’t advised to drive with your interior lights on, technically it isn’t against the law.
However, you may find yourself being penalised for unsafe driving, as the lights might be a distraction to your driving. Using your interiors is completely circumstantial and judged on a case-by-case basis.
The answer isn’t black and white
RACQ spokesperson, Clare Hunter explains,
“Although there’s no specific rule for if interior lights are permitted to be on when you’re behind the wheel, the law does say a driver mustn’t drive a motor vehicle unless they have a clear view of the road, and traffic, ahead, behind and to each side of the driver.
“Someone using a light inside a car that diminishes the driver’s ability to clearly see out of the vehicle, is not only acting dangerously but could be fined.
So, while it isn’t recommended to drive with your interior lights on, if it provides a safer driving experience, it might by okay.
After all, a little bit of light doesn’t sound nearly as distracting as a screaming, overtired toddler, does it?
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