OMG Police stopped me after I drove a bit with no lights on

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Noorals
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Had the shock of my life honestly, I genuinely forgot to turn my lights on, told the police officer it was a stupid mistake, he was VERY harsh. But I just apologised and said it won’t happen again. But boy am I nervous to go on the road again now smh

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Be grateful that you only got a telling off as opposed to seriously injuring or killing someone else or your self. You’ll be fine, I don’t understand how you could mistakenly not turn your lights no, but hey I am sure you won’t make the same mistake twice.
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Be grateful that you only got a telling off as opposed to seriously injuring or killing someone else or your self. You’ll be fine, I don’t understand how you could mistakenly not turn your lights no, but hey I am sure you won’t make the same mistake twice.
Oh I will not forget
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Oh I will not forget
Well that’s OK then. You’ve learnt from your mistake.
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Oh I will not forget
Probably the reason they were so harsh then!
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I think if you're pulling away from a well lit area, it is easier to forget if you are not in the routine.

I've typically sing the first line of Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer whenever it's dark, ("Your lights are on, but you're not home"), and it reminds me to check that I've popped them on instinctively.

Introduce it to the driving test I say.
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I think if you're pulling away from a well lit area, it is easier to forget if you are not in the routine.

I've typically sing the first line of Addicted to Love by Robert Palmer whenever it's dark, ("Your lights are on, but you're not home"), and it reminds me to check that I've popped them on instinctively.

Introduce it to the driving test I say.
Oh how low tech! Love it!
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I have my headlights on for like 80-90% of the time I'm on the road to be honest. Dark? Headlights. Rain? Headlights. Overcast? Headlights. Low sun? Headlights. It's pretty rare that I don't just turn them on nowadays. Hard to forget when you just turn them on all the time anyway.

Had to install a headlight buzzer in the 'Rocco because I kept on leaving them on and flattening the battery, too used to the beeper in my other car letting me know.
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(Original post by Cancelled Alice)
Be grateful that you only got a telling off as opposed to seriously injuring or killing someone else or your self. You’ll be fine, I don’t understand how you could mistakenly not turn your lights no, but hey I am sure you won’t make the same mistake twice.
Easily done in modern cars with DRLs, particularly in well-lit areas, and the fact that we seem to have moved to this constantly backlit dash design doesn't help either. Really no need for the latter

Think I've only ever forgotten them once, in a well-lit area, looked down at the dash and was like 'wtf I can't see anything on there' then it clicked... Really needs to be put into law that dash backlights should only light up when the lights are switched on.
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Easily done in modern cars with DRLs, and the fact that we seem to have moved to this constantly backlit dash design doesn't help either. Really no need for the latter
To be honest with you I've never driven, I just assumed that the driver would notice that it was darker than expected if they didn't have their lights turned on.
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My spouse and I couldn't work out how to turn the lights on when we first got a car. We were driving down this very long, hilly, completely pitch black road at about 10pm relying on the "always on" light from the car. :facepalm: We were driving like 30mph because it was so hard to see.
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