The fog which descended over large parts of the country didn't pose much of a problem for most of Britain's motorists - they just slowed down and turned their foglights on.
But this last option wasn't open to drivers of BMWs, who habitually leave their foglights turned on day and night and in all weather conditions.
Sales manager Gavin Thrace, 34, spoke of his frustration at having no facilities in his German-built 5 Series Saloon to deal with the sudden blanket of fog. "I was keeping to 60 mph going through this Cotswold village, yeah, and was about to open her up when I hit all this fog. I looked down at the controls and saw there were no more lights I could turn on."
Mr Thrace blamed BMW for the oversight. "I've got sidelights, halogen headlights and foglights, yeah, but nothing for actual fog. There should be another set of lights for conditions like these. I could hardly see anything and had to stay under 80."
A spokesman for BMW welcomed the suggestion. "Anything that further distinguishes BMW drivers from other, lower class drivers is worth investigating." Paradoxically, he explained that BMW was in the process of removing indicator lights from the 7-Series range "as our customers told us they never bothered with them."