More than half of UK drivers complain about being dazzled by oncoming car headlights

 

More than half of drivers in the UK complain about being dazzled by headlights from drivers coming the other way, with nine out of ten grumbling about the fact that beams from other vehicles are often too bright.

A new study by the RAC suggest there’s numerous reasons why dazzling bright lights are becoming a growing issue on our roads.

Some of the reasons might be that drivers are not adjusting or aligning their lights properly, new brighter bulbs are being used, there’s more high-riding SUVs on the road or it’s possibly down to individual driver eyesight.

Whatever the reason may be, the outcome can be dangerous, as Government data shows that about 300 collisions every year are related to dazzling headlights.

Short, Simple, Clear Car Leasing

More than half of UK drivers complain about being dazzled by oncoming car headlights. © Copyright Stephen McKay and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

A survey involving asking 1,250 UK drivers a number of questions, found that 54% thought they were being dazzled a lot more than they were a year ago.

According to the RAC, it’s estimated that around 1.6million drivers in the UK complain about being briefly blinded from the glare of oncoming headlights, based on 91% of the panel alleging that ‘some’ or ‘most’ car headlights are too bright.

Recent figures from the DfT shows that the number of people injured in accidents caused by a driver being dazzled by oncoming headlights has risen by 9% year-on-year to 392 in 2017, plus a further six people were killed.

Upon being asked how glare affected them, six out of 10 said they are regularly dazzled by oncoming headlights despite them being dipped, whilst a similar number (60%) were not able to decide if the headlights were lowered or on full beam.

Around 51% believed that ‘bluer’ xenon or the more modern LED headlights were the reason for being dazzled, however half of the panel confessed to not being able to tell the difference between the types of lights.

The most common reason is probably down to drivers not making sure they adjust their headlights correctly or they’ve been incorrectly aligned.

Nearly half (47%) of drivers fail to adjust their car headlights up or down, even when carrying different kinds of loads, whilst just over a quarter of drivers (26%) said they have suspected issues with a misaligned headlight.

As part of a vehicle’s MoT, headlamp aim is checked and this section of the test was strengthened in 2016.

Yet despite this being the case, figures obtained by the RAC from the DVSA show that 6% (around 1.6m vehicles) tested last year failed their MoT because of incorrect headlamp aim.

Spokesperson for the RAC, Mr Rod Dennis, said it was difficult to pinpoint the blame on one specific reason, however he did say that outdated standards for headlight bulbs, which haven’t changed in almost 60 years, is undoubtedly a problem.

Around 84% of drivers would like the UK Government to act, ensuring that the old regulations are updated to remove the prospect of glare being a result of modern technology.

 

For more information regarding our business/personal car & van leasing services and fantastic offers, please give us a call TODAY on 01904 55 75 44 or email: sales@clearcarleasing.co.uk

Simply complete our ‘Quick Quote’ form for a no obligation quotation, remembering to choose either Business or Personal or chat with us NOW using our online ‘We Are Here!’ service in relation to any questions you may have about leasing.


0 thoughts on “Wow, Bright Lights, Bright Lights!”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

News

Revealed: 10 cameras in the UK that have earned a fortune in revenue over a three year period

£25million earned from just 10 speed cameras dotted up and down the country   New research has revealed that 10 speed cameras in the UK have collected £25million in revenue over the past three years. Read more...

News

Driver Warning: Wear the right shoes or face a fine!

Wearing the wrong shoes when driving could land you a hefty fine of up to £5,000!   Drivers are being warned about how important it is to wear the correct footwear when behind the wheel, Read more...

News

Fines in London set to rise for road users breaking the law by 25%

The aim of the increase is to reduce congestion and improve road safety in the capital   In a bid to reduce congestion and improve road safety, drivers in London could be hit with increased Read more...