Turn your headlights on, $#@%+ ! (Rant inside)

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  1. TheDams

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    Ok, here comes a big rant...

    Wednesday and Thursday are the days my job requires me to commute 30miles on highway.

    Since yesterday, we’re having a pretty nasty weather here in Mnpls, pouring rain, fog, snow melting everywhere, ice on the roads, etc.

    Visibility is really bad... and I mean REALLY bad.

    While driving home, and mind you it is a pretty crowded 60mph highway (which mean that almost everybody is going at least 70, but that is another thing), nearly 1 car out of 2 has not its head/tail lights turned on !!!
    I mean, really ? What is wrong with people ? This is basic 101 driving safety !

    As a French, where turning lights on ALL DAY is the law (like a lot of countries in Europe), this drives me nuts...
    And it is so common... 3 weeks ago, we had some pretty nasty snowfall, and it was the same... adding to that white cars/white roads/snow drifting... no lights, come on people ! There is no tax on lights as far as I remember ?

    A basic rule is “see and be seen”.
     
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    Aren't running lights automatically on, on cars, since forever?

    I also love the auto-on feature of my car's full headlights. I never have to think about it -- they come on as conditions get dark and turn themselves off when the sun comes out, or it I turn off the engine. Never going to buy another car without it.
     
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    Most of running lights settings, in poor visibility, are not enough honestly.

    I even heard there are group of people against them... why ? Go figure ?
     
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    My new 2019 Honda has a digital 'glass' dashboard. I drove to work one morning thinking my headlights were on because the dash was lit up bright. Oops!
     
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    I agree! Better than nothing... but in poor visibility my headlights come on automatically.

    I drive at night on unlit, mountain roads and my rant is about people who blind you with their high-beams before they deign to turn them off. :mad: And the jacked-up pickups whose normal headlights might as well be high-beams. :mad::mad:
     
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    In Maryland if your wipers are on your headlamps better be on.
     
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    I turn on my headlights at night, keeps oncoming cars from seeing me texting, brushing my teeth, digging out toe jamb and a number of personal grooming tasks that you can do while driving.
     
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    Some states require this by law ... I can't argue with it ...
     
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    Same in NY. But since most cars have auto-on with a light sensor, people forget that they have to turn the on manual during rain or snow during the day time.

    "But I have day time running lights." You still have to turn your lights on! DRL does not turn on your tail lights (at least not on cars in the USA).
     
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    It is actually the same here in MN, but I guess not a lot of people knows/remembers (or even learnt ?) about it...
     
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    not required in the US and A.
     
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    I agree, turning lights on is easy and smart. Twin Cities traffic is bad enough, with the terrible roads, constant construction, and what I believe to be our own special brand of idiot drivers. We went to a play downtown last night and I nearly had a stroke. :mad:
    It is a part of why I have become an avid indoorsman.
     
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    First they'll outlaw cows, them they'll force running lights on yah!
     
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    They can't keep people from passing on the right doing 90mph where I drive, not holding my breath for people getting tickets for headlights not being on.
     
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    I think there's some weird thought process, that goes something like, "I can see fine. I don't need my headlights on."
    A facet of contemporary self-centeredness--there's nobody here but me.
    I can see, I don't need to be seen.
    Completely wrong, and very unsafe.
     
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    freedom of choice is what you've got, freedom from choice is what you want.

    I have the wife and kids vehicles all set for all time lights on. My truck I haven't gotten around to yet, but only because I'm lazy.. switching them over to full time lights is pretty simple and easy and I see the value... I think most people forget and are freaked out in bad weather... gotta forgive those trespasses.
     
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    Maybe there’s just a lot more wannabe stunt driver daredevils in your area. :D Seriously though, see and be seen is common sense.
     
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    The speeds that some folks want to maintain, when the visibility drops...... Jeez! :eek:

    All the extra illumination in the world couldn't enlighten some drivers. If you can't see where you're going? Slow down, ya eejit! :(
     
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    I had a very one sided and heated conversation with one of my employees 2 weeks ago. The “auto” setting is for people who aren’t smart enough to work for me. The “on” setting is the one you use when driving a company vehicle.

    Its not so you can see, it’s so others can see you. None of mine come on soon enough.

    Poor girl still can’t figure out if I’m mad, or joking or just giving her a hard time. Give me another year with her and she will be able to play poker anywhere in the world :)
     
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