2010 Volvo XC60: Euro Smarts for Rainy Day Safety
December 14, 2009
Last Saturday, it was raining cats and Chihuahuas here in Los Angeles. And I was glad to have the XC 60 while driving through it all, surprisingly thanks to the more lower-tech of its long list of safety features. In addition to the quick-acting rear defogger and side-view mirror heaters, the XC 60 also has something European cars are more likely to have than American cars are -- a rear fog light. In addition to the expected fronts, the latter (seen here in the lower left corner of the XC60's rear bumper) provides a little more peace of mind when you're driving in low-visibility conditions.
Here in L.A., some drivers don't bother using their headlights (even though it's a law here) while driving in the rain. Then again, hardly anyone in L.A. ever uses their turn signals, either. These fools seem to think that headlights are only for nighttime use, not realizing that they allow other drivers to better see them coming during low visibility weather, such as when sheets of rain reduce said visibility to less than thirty yards or so. And that's the purpose of the rear fog light too, as it is much brighter than the standard running lights to give those following you more advance notice that there is indeed another car in front of them.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 8,658 miles