Adjusting Your Aim For Safer Night Driving

Updated Jul 22, 2015

_BWS6665How To Adjust Fog/Driving Lights

Installing fog and/or driving lights on your pickup is a great safety upgrade, supplementing factory lamps that are, well, more cosmetic than functional.

But to get the most from the auxiliary lights – and to keep from blinding oncoming drivers – they need to be properly aimed.

This is particularly important on fog lights.

Fog lights should be positioned approximately three feet apart and aimed so the cut-off line of the beams is about the middle of the low-beam headlights’ pattern.

Such lights work best mounted in, on or below the bumper (10 to 24 inches above the road surface) or anywhere below the center of the headlights, where their beam can cut just under that of the low-beam headlights.Aiming-Fog_Driving-Lights-Illo

The best way to aim the lights is to park the truck on a level surface 25 feet from a wall. Measure the distance between the center of the fog light and the ground.

Place a horizontal mark on the wall at that height and adjust the lights so the top of the fog beam pattern is about 4 inches below the lamp center at 25 feet with the lamp facing straight forward.

Adjusting driving lights much the same way. But use their beam’s “hot spot” as the center adjusting point.

The driving light’s hot spot should be adjusted so it’s about 1.5 inches below the light’s centerline mark on the wall.