Find out all the facts about correct use of high beams for your vehicle, especially on roads and highways like I-4 in Central Florida

Every car out there is equipped with high beams, but that doesn’t mean every driver knows how to use them properly. We’ve all been there, driving at night, a car comes around the bend and blinds you with their brights— that they just refuse to turn off.  Since the decreased visibility at night can be a serious safety hazard, it’s important to not add to the danger by improper use of a vehicle’s high beams. Here’s a quick refresher from your Five Star team here at Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat on when and when not to turn on the bright lights.

Using Your High Beams Safely

First, let’s talk about the correct use of high beams.

  • When visibility is low and there are no drivers in front of you.
  • If you are at least 200 feet behind a vehicle and its back lights don’t illuminate the road well enough for you to see.
  • When oncoming traffic is at least 500 feet away and you need the high beams to see well.


Now, let’s go over when not to use them. Remember, this is for the safety of everyone on the road.

  • Turn them off when traffic is approaching you, even if there is a median.
  • When taking a curve, you don’t know who might be coming around the bend, so don’t use your high beams then, either.
  • The same goes with hills, you don’t know if someone is about to crest the hill and be blinded.
  • At intersections, turn them off so you don’t blind someone traveling on the cross street.
  • High beams won’t help in fog, so make sure to keep them off during these conditions. The fog will actually just reflect the light back to you, making it even harder to see.


We hope these tips help you know when to use high beams on the road and when to turn them off. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and we’re here to help.

When you’re in the market for a great price on a new vehicle or used car, come see us at Posner Park Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat. We’ll get you into a safe and reliable vehicle for an amazing price that only the Low Payment Kings can offer!  We are located conveniently in Polk County, between Tampa and Orlando off exit 55 on I-4.