Truck driving is enough of fatigue on a sunny day, but night time can add a lot more fatigue and stress.
Your body uses up more energy at night to strain to see what is in front and along side of your rig.
You are also fighting on coming glare and let’s not forget the famous wild life that comes out at night
it can be like driving through a zoo. I know I have done it. Remember most truckers do not work 8 hours a day no, no, no try 14 hrs a day.
So I would say better lighting for drivers at night should be common sense. So let’s discuss what’s out
there. I have inspected many of rigs only to find out that there are no additional driving lights on their trucks. I have also found that the ones that do have their driving lights or fog lights on their trucks somebody replaced the bulbs with regular lights, totally useless, at that point do not even turn on your driving lights.
There are companies out there that specialize in this field. The concepts to do and the use of lights
are a big aid in bad weather. I have driven trucks with special driving or fog lights and without, and the correct driving or fog lights make a big, big difference. Lets talk about the difference between fog lights and driving lights,
Fog lights provide illumination forward of the truck that enhances visibility in fog, rain, snow, or dust.
Fog lights are intended to be used in conjunction with standard headlamp low beams. On the other hand driving lights are mounted to provide illumination forward of the vehicle and intended to supplement the high beam of a standard headlamp system, for forward clear projection . It is not intended for use alone or with the low beam of a standard headlamp system. But for me I feel if
truck headlights are adjusted correctly an additional driving light may not be need, in my north eastern area.
However, a good fog light is a necessity. I have found a few good ones that I have used when driving KC square 57 series all season halogen 15000 candle power per beam for fog. This one interested me the PIAA 940 Dual Driving and Fog Light Kit this is driving light and fog light all in one casing which is nice for space especially in a pre cut bumper like many big rigs. Another great company is Per-lux they make 600 series for all purpose lights for big rigs. Basically it comes down to where you are driving do you need fog or driving lights on darker nights, because with these accessories it has less fatigue on you the driver and keeps then safer. Look for more free article’s of trucking snowplowing information at edgeolite.com