Anyone know if front fog lights are/will be available or can be installed by dealer as on the EU model ?
Those do look good. It would require new grill inserts as well as the fog lights. I wonder why they don't offer that as an option here in the U.S.? Are the bi-xenon's so good that fog lights aren't necessary?They would look good, though.
Because the rules of the road throughout the USA prohibit driving with fogs only under the driving conditions when fog lights are helpful, most of the value of the fog lights is negated.Those do look good. It would require new grill inserts as well as the fog lights. I wonder why they don't offer that as an option here in the U.S.? Are the bi-xenon's so good that fog lights aren't necessary?
The value of fog lights depends on where you live. Where I live in Idaho, we don't have road reflectors on the pavement. The paint isn't even reflective. In rain, fog or snow, having a low wide-angle beam helps to see things at the edge and side of the road, so you can tell where you're at on the road. This can be really helpful under low light conditions as well as at night. It would just be nice to have the option for fog lights.Because the rules of the road throughout the USA prohibit driving with fogs only under the driving conditions when fog lights are helpful, most of the value of the fog lights is negated.
Fog lights are only useful at low speeds, although low speeds are not unique to the urban environment.
I find that fog lights are useful in "flat light" conditions (snow covered road) for highlighting potholes. This has more to do with them being aimed close to and nearly parallel to the road surface than being yellow or aimed close to the vehicle. Our regulators also disallow turning on fogs + high beams, limiting the value of this use as well. We wouldn't want to make it easier to drive in severe conditions now, would we?
Before anybody screams, high beams are useful at 30MPH on the snow, as the stopping distance under that condition can be similar to (or worse than) 70MPH and dry.
At least it is legal in California to turn on fog lights when there is no fog. Also there are no regular technical or safety inspections, just smog inspections. This goes back to the pot-hole spotting utility of fog lights. Unfortunately one has to be rather creative to make this stuff work the way you want.As far as I know rules in EU are same as in US or very similar, they were when I lived there, no use of fog lights when there is no fog and they have to hang on low beam main lights....i once failed technical inspection and had to rewire them (aftermarket) and 3 months later got a ticket for driving with them on clear night, cop with lollypop had nothing better to do but to harrass people....I have never heard anybody in US enforcing the rules but also fog lights are practically never aftermarket these days
In my experience this effect is the fault of the headlights, which are throwing too much light upwards (no or inadequate cutoff). On a level road there is nothing to be gained by light sent above the horizontal.... Your headlights show what looks almost like a waterfall in front of you. ...