Headlights Causing ‘Dangerous’ Amount Of Glare, Claims RAC

Headlights Causing 'Dangerous' Amount Of Glare, Claims RAC

There’s mounting concern around headlight glare, according the RAC; with most drivers believing the problem to be getting worse…

Dazzled Drivers

Research conducted by the organisation reveals that 9 out of 10 motorists feel that most headlights are too bright; with 54% claiming they’re more regularly dazzled by them than they were a year ago. Quizzed on how they were affected by glare, 60% of respondents said they were often dazzled by oncoming headlights even when they’re dipped. The same amount also confessed to often being unable to distinguish between full-beam and dipped lights. A further 40% said they’d been dazzled by lights in their rear-view mirror and 70% felt lights could be so bright as to present an accident risk.

No Consensus On The Cause

Whilst most drivers acknowledged that were was a problem with headlights, there wasn’t much consensus as to the cause. Just over half of those asked (51%) suggested it was caused by high-ride vehicles like SUVs. But 41% said the problem wasn’t caused by any particular type of car or vehicle. In the same respect, 55% said they felt bluer lights were to blame; whilst 51% weren’t confident they could tell the difference.

Driver Error?

The RAC’s investigation seemingly revealed that driver error is responsible for at least part of the problem. For instance, 47% of drivers said they never adjust their headlights based on their carrying load. Heavier loads naturally affect the trajectory of headlight beams. 26% also acknowledged they’d had problems with misaligned lights but 9% of them claimed to have tried to fix it themselves or simply ignored it.

Rod Dennis, a Spokesman for the RAC, has stressed the danger dazzling can pose for motorists. He said, “the dazzling effect of another driver’s headlights isn’t just uncomfortable – in some cases it can be nothing short of dangerous, making us lose sight of the road for a short time. So it’s concerning to see that a greater proportion of drivers have reported problems with glare this year than last year.” Dennis also suggested that the origins of the problem are complex, originating from a number of potential causes; including different ride heights of vehicles, misaligned lights and the vision of individual drivers.

How To Deal With Glare

1) Ensure the problem doesn’t lie with the quality of your own vision. Speak to an optician for advise. For people who wear glasses, a special coating can be added to reduce brightness and the intensity of headlights.

2) Make sure to regularly adjust your rear-view mirror. Change it when ever you change the load of your vehicle or if you find yourself coming across higher-ride vehicles.

3) Next time you buy a car, consider whether it comes with a self-dimming rear-mirror and darkening glass. These can significantly reduce glare.

4) When you’re car is being serviced, ask your garage to investigate into whether the headlights project their beams properly.

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