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Brake lights dazzle

The Highway Code is clear on the use of brake lights. When stopped in a queue or at traffic lights, you should put your car in neutral, engage your handbrake and then take your foot off the brake pedal until the traffic moves again. As long as your foot is on the pedal, the brake lights are lit – dazzling the cars behind you. According to the AA more than a quarter of drivers admit to keeping their foot on the brake when stationary in a queue of traffic and with modern brake lights, particularly high-mounted central brake lights, this is highly distracting. Common sense suggests there are times when brake lights are useful. For example, if you are stopped on a rural road at temporary traffic lights, but the moment a car stops behind you be legal, courteous and kind.