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Turn off the brights

January 4, 2011 - Ron Deuter
I’ve always operated under the assumption that when driving at night with your high-beam headlights on, you should to click to the low-beams when opposing traffic is present. I do this out of simple courtesy to the other drivers. After looking it up online, I’ve learned that it is indeed against the law to use your high-beams within 500 feet of an coming vehicle. Yet, more and more it seems like other drivers are leaving their high beams on all the time. I frequently drive M-95 between here and Sagola, and I can’t tell you the last time I made the trip without at least a couple of oncoming cars running high-beams and not shutting them down as I approach. Another frequent occurrence is a driver coming up from behind with high-beams on. That can be even more annoying. Listen, if you can see another car on the road, from whatever direction, shut off the brights! If you’re struggling to see so much that you can’t even lower the brights when other cars are on the road, perhaps you shouldn’t be on the road at night. Although, I suspect most violators simply forget or don’t care that their brights are running. Maybe the automakers can invent some sort of sensor that automatically kills the brights when another car is near.


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