As the daylight hours decline with the onset of winter, RACQ is reminding motorists to use their headlights in the early mornings and late afternoons to maximise visibility.
RACQ's Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy, Steve Spalding, said motorists had a responsibility not only to themselves but to all other road users to make roads safer by remaining visible at all times.
"As winter approaches and the days become shorter, it's important to remain visible to pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists while also maximizing your own vision of the road ahead," Mr Spalding said.
"The morning and afternoon peak commute periods are becoming darker as we edge closer to the winter months so it's important to pay attention and flick your headlights on – and earlier rather than later is safest.
"Motorists driving darker coloured cars should be particularly vigilant about headlight use as they're even more difficult to see."
Mr Spalding said motorists who drove late model cars with an 'automatic light' function that turned the headlights on when ambient light levels dropped should take advantage of that feature.
"But if your car doesn't have this feature and you're concerned you'll forget to turn the headlights on during the trip, just turn them on before you set off," he said.
"Under Queensland law, drivers must use low beams at night or in hazardous weather causing reduced visibility, such as fog, heavy rain or dust clouds.
"Cyclists and other road users, such as runners, also have to take extra caution to be visible in the early mornings and late afternoons at this time of year by using lights on their bikes or wearing reflective clothing and shoes," Mr Spalding said.
"It doesn't take much effort - just the flick of a switch - but it can save your life."