High beams or low beams?

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  1. KenPerham says:

    “Lighting intimidation”

    “Bi-Xenon Headlights & Daytime Running Lights”

    Having been a London Cabby for nearly 38 years working solely at night it was thought by some bright spark that brighter lighting on vehicles at night & day would help reduce accidents.

    DRL’s or Dangerous Running Lights have become so bright they are a distraction with many Motorcyclists believing they will be seen better with full beam Day or Night.

    Current regulations in the UK allow vehicles to dazzle others intimidating the opposing drivers. Please email your views on the awful Audi DRL’s and if you have been dazzled or blinded by xenon lights at night.

    My research finds that 7 out of every 10 drivers that do plenty of night driving have problems with xenon’s.

    Many thanks Ken Perham

    Founder of http://www.blindedbixenon.co.uk

    Trying to reduce the current accident rate at night running at 40%.

  2. MMMummy says:

    DRL are a good idea, in the daytime. I think a lot of people don’t know read their owner’s manual regarding the lighting systems. Some vehicles automatically switch to a full lighting system at dusk, but some do not. Both of my vehicles require me to engage the full lighting system manually. I’ve lost count of the number of vehicles I’ve seen on the roads at night with no rear running lights.

  3. KenPerham says:

    Thank you for posting my last comment.

    This is an old one from a journalist/motoring corespondant.
    http://www.autocar.co.uk/blogs/designlanguage/archive/2007/10/17/led-running-lights-no-thanks.aspx

    Remember 40% of accidents happen at night and too many are young drivers

  4. KenPerham says:

    Headlight fight hots up!

    War on the Bobby Dazzlers

    http://uk.autoblog.com/2011/02/07/are-hid-lights-dangerous-on-the-road/

    Too much light can also be a problem

  5. amh says:

    In legalese, high beams are known as “diving lights” while low beams are called “passing lights”. This terminology came from a time when we had only a few lighted streets, very few cars, and a population that largely lived in rural environments. Most of time drivers needed to use the stronger lights at night to see anything, and needed to dim the lights only on those not-often occurring situations of passing others.

    As most of live, work, and play, in urban environments that have street lighting, and as these environments are usually busy, most of us rarely need the stronger lights of the high beams.

    • davidjroot says:

      amh… for the most part I agree, but — using high beams (driving lights) in urban areas WHERE THERE IS NO ONCOMING TRAFFIC can greatly enhance safety, by causing reflectors on parked vehicles to shine brightly, and by lighting up reflective material on the clothing of pedestrians and cyclists.

      This is not to say drivers should fire-up the high beams and leave them on; one must be alert to oncoming traffic, and vehicles one may be approaching, and be ready to switch back to low beams (passing) as needed.

  6. PissedDriver says:

    In Ontario, it’s illegal to have your high beams on when driving through any named town/village/city. Of course, most don’t know this and do it regardless.

    • safedriver says:

      I’d like to know what section of the Highway Traffic Act you found that information from.

      • Amber says:

        So, when I’m driving through, say, Utopia/Essa (near Barrie/Angus, north of Toronto, if that rings any bells), on either one of two streets I can think of which curve dangerously, have numerous downhills and S-bends, and which have no streetlights except at the occasional intersection (nowhere near the dangerous parts, I might add), I’m not allowed to have on my high-beams? Really? Come on, laws or not, common sense is also a factor here… I would certainly hope I would not get ticketed in this area for trying to make my trip a little bit safer. Maybe I’m just being unreasonable, but it’s not safe to drive on either of those roads without the extra light that high-beams can offer you.

        • safedriver says:

          You’re not being unreasonable at all. The article was referring to having high beam headlights on in the daytime and with traffic in front. The laws in each jurisdiction allows for high beams, but as long as it doesn’t interfere with other traffic. In Canada, each province has different laws pertaining to distance. I agree that common sense has to be used. Thanks for the comment.

  7. i agree with you sir, in massachusetts its was illegal to have xenon light due to its brightness, but for some reason ive notice in Boston the police didn’t care. I wear bifocal and drive early in the morning when its still dark and my glasses seems to enhance the xenon light more than it should be, and i’m still young. I think they should make it iligal to certain brightness but we need the police to also be in this. i don’t think some drivers realize how blinding their lights are.

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