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Wipers on, headlights on

Last updated on November 22, 2019 at 09:35 am

If you’re a Massachusetts driver, you might be aware that effective today, it’s against the law not to have your headlights and taillights on while using your windshield wipers. This is an amendment to an existing Massachusetts law regarding headlight and taillight usage.

Before today, Mass General Law Chapter 85, Section 15 required the use of headlights and taillights from half an hour after sunset to half an hour before sunrise. However, the expansion now mandates lights to be on during all low-visibility conditions, regardless of time of day. It may seem unnecessary, especially if it’s the middle of the day, but the amendment is intended to make driving safer during low-visibility conditions.

The price? Well, although the law is accompanied by a $5 fine for violators, drivers should be aware that it’s considered a minor surchargeable traffic violation for insurance purposes. Not sure what that means or how it will affect you? Check out the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles’ explanation here.

Moving forward, err on the side of caution and turn on your headlights and taillights when driving in questionable conditions. Whether you’re in Massachusetts or another state, it’s a good habit to get into, to increase both yours and other drivers’ safety on the road.

So, when in doubt, think “wipers on, headlights on.”

Headquartered in Boston, Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation provides auto insurance to personal and commercial auto insurance customers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Plymouth Rock is a member of The Plymouth Rock Group of Companies, which together write and manage over $1 billion in auto and homeowners insurance.

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