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Brake lights in a queue

The Highway Code is clear, you must not use any lights in a way which would dazzle or cause discomfort to other road users. Yet, a recent AA survey found that more than a quarter of drivers admit to keeping their foot on the brake when stationary in a queue of traffic – 17 per cent put the transmission in neutral but keep their foot on the brake, and 15 per cent keep the car in gear and their foot on the brake.

Modern brake lights, particularly high-mounted central brake lights can be dazzling for the driver behind in a queue. The Highway Code addresses this issue and says in stationary queues of traffic, you should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take your foot off the footbrake to deactivate the brake lights and minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again.