Although most drivers reach their destination safely at nighttime, the potential for accidents does increase during this period. There are a number of safety measures that drivers can take to protect themselves when driving in the dark, and utilizing their headlights is one of them.
When used effectively, high-beam headlights can significantly improve the visibility of the person driving, as well as make the vehicle more obvious to other road users. However, when used inappropriately, high-beam headlights pose a significant danger, and here’s why;
High-beam lights can create a glare
Under certain conditions, high-beam headlights have the potential to obstruct the visibility of other drivers. If an oncoming vehicle gets too close to your lights, it is likely they will be temporarily blinded, making an accident a distinct possibility. As a result, drivers should pay special attention to oncoming traffic and distance management between vehicles.
High-beam lights can also impair your own visibility
High-beam lights are not optimal in all weather conditions. During rainfall, surface water will lie on the roads. A wet surface is more reflective, meaning that the glare from the lights becomes accentuated, potentially obstructing your view. Also, in foggy conditions, light particles will be reflected back in your direction, making it virtually impossible for you to see what’s in front of you.
As a road user, it is vital to implement each of the safety measures at your disposal. Unfortunately, this is not always enough and another road user may run into you. If you have been injured because of an accident, be sure to assess your legal options.