“Operators travelling on road are often tempted to use all available white lights front and rear when undertaking night-time road movements. The mass of bright white light on tractors at night gives no indication what is behind a machine or how wide it actually is because motorists eyes are drawn to the lights and blinded,” explains Martin Wickes, managing director at UTV Products.
Mr Wickes highlights that it is illegal to show white lights to the rear, but drivers may believe their use helps. “A high percentage of tractors and telehandlers in daily use have poor headlights and this alone can prompt the unnecessary use of bright work lights to compensate.”
Modern UTV road legal lights provide maximum illumination close to the vehicle as well as at greater distance and can be fitted to new and older machines. “Decent lights cost little in relation to accidents and potential loss of lives caused by the above scenario. In many instances, great performing headlights are a good dual-purpose investment because they improve both field and highway use when working around the clock,” adds Martin.
Unpredictable weather and challenging seasons mean working through the night when field and crop conditions allow. Using crisp, clean lighting akin to daylight becomes ever more important when working around the clock and front headlights are a great place to begin when upgrading light packages.