LITHGOW, Blue Mountains and Central Western drivers are being urged to turn on their headlights to reduce the risk of crashing in poor weather.
Transport for NSW has launched a new campaign promoting the use of headlights on the Great Western Highway, Bells Line and other roads around the region during the wet and foggy conditions that are more prevalent at this time of year.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said a study of 2011 crash figures found that 70 per cent of crashes on Central Western roads occurred during daylight, dusk and dawn, and 40 per cent of crashes were in rain, fog or low light conditions.
“The use of headlights during the day can increase vehicle visibility and allow oncoming vehicles and pedestrians more time to avoid a collision or contact with another vehicle,” the spokesperson said.
“By simply switching on your headlights during the day, the risk of being involved in a crash is reduced by up to 10 per cent.”
The Headlights On campaign will run until August 12 and will feature billboards on the local highways reminding drivers to use their headlights.
There will also be advertising posters at local shopping centres.
“Headlights are the most effective way to make your vehicle more visible,” the spokesperson said.
“[But] it is important the correct lights are being used.
“Fog lights and high beam lights are not suitable and parking lights are ineffective while driving.”