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Tail lights are red lights on the back of a vehicle. They are turned on whenever the head lights are on. When stopping, the tail lights have a bright red appearance compared to a dimmer red appearance when the vehicle is in motion.

Location of Tail Lights
Tail lights are on the rear end of the vehicle, facing rearward. Some tail lights have reflective material inside of them to help amplify the light, allowing them to appear brighter and larger.

Function

Rear lights are part of the vehicle lighting system. They include the following:

  • Tail lights
  • Brake lights
  • Turn signals
  • Reversing lights
  • Rear fog lights

The tail lights, brake lights and turn signals are used most frequently. The purpose of reversing lights is to indicate that a vehicle is moving backwards and rear fog lights provide a safety function when visibility is down to below 50 metres.

Safety Aspect of Tail Lights
Tail lights provide a safety aspect of the vehicle. They show the rear edge of the vehicle to allow other drivers to appropriately gauge the size and shape of the car. In addition, they allow other vehicles to see the car in inclement weather such as rain or snow. If a tail light has gone out, replace it right away. You can get pulled over for having a tail light that does not work.

Tail lights are an important safety aspect of your vehicle. They are located in the rear and face rearward to show other cars where you are located on the road. There are different types of tail lights you can purchase depending on your preference.