Monday 13th February 2012
Be Wiser Insurance
An overwhelming majority (73%) of British motorists find modern, high-intensity head-lights dazzling and consider them a danger to other road users. 
Mark Bower-Dyke, Chairman of Be Wiser Insurance, comments:
 
"Through no fault of their own some drivers are causing a lot of issues for other road users, especially on unlit country roads and motorways."
 
Over a sixth (15%) single out 4x4 drivers as the worst culprits.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke continues:
 
"4x4 vehicles have become very common, and there is a considerable height difference between the shortest and tallest cars. Because of this most cars' rear-view mirrors are aligned with a 4x4's headlights, through no fault of either driver. It certainly doesn't help the image of 'the inconsiderate 4x4 driver' that they're often blinding their fellow road users!"
 
The dazzling nature of these headlights can be especially dangerous on country roads and motorways.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke comments:
 
"Oncoming traffic with extra-bright modern lights is a particular problem on country roads. Often these roads are trickier to navigate in the dark and the momentary loss of vision because of extra bright headlights is enough to cause some drivers to panic."
 
Many respondents commented that they were unable to see far enough ahead on country roads and have suffered from "near misses" because of extra-bright modern headlights.
 
On motorways, while it's easy enough to flick the glare switch on the rear-view, bright head-lamps can make wing-mirrors useless.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke comments:
 
"If you're often suffering from others headlights then the best way to not be dazzled is to avoid looking into headlights whenever possible and ensuring the windscreen is clean to reduce glare."
 
Most motorists who owned a car with high intensity lights said the benefit of being able to see better made them feel safer on the road.
 
Mark Bower-Dyke concludes:
 
"Brighter headlights are safer up to a point; when other road users become dazzled and distracted by extra bright headlights then safety actually decreases. Dipping your headlights so as not to blind other road users isn't only going to make roads friendlier; it might make them safer too!"

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