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Why Don’t Drivers Realize This Is Illegal In Missouri?

A windshield wet with rain from inside the car.
Bruce Mikells

I think we could all stand to be a little safer when we drive, but I don’t think people realize they’re being dangerous when they do this. It rained this weekend, and it’s going to keep raining off and on this week. It only takes me about five minutes to drive from my house to work, but I saw something disturbing this Sunday. I was driving down Limit, and it was raining. Admittedly it was not pouring like it was the night before or even that morning, but it was still enough that I had to use my windshield wipers.

I was driving down the road and I saw at least ten people driving with their windshield wipers on and their headlights off (I saw at least two people with one headlight, btw.). I was always under the impression that you had to have your headlights on if you need to use your windshield wipers. So if it’s snowing, foggy, raining, whatever, those lights should be on. But then I thought, better check.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue,

HEADLIGHT USE You must use your headlights any time weather conditions require the use of your windshield wipers.


So it turns out, I was right! So please, I hope to see more headlights out there if and when it rains again. It’s just safer! After all, we all want to get to where we’re going safely and securely.

Lightingly yours,

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