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Old 11-26-2012, 01:01 PM   #15
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Well said. You only need to go to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) website to see how many people are complaining about the overly bright headlights on newer cars. Not to mention the jerks that run around with their driving lights always turned on.

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... Dimming your lights for other drivers as soon as possible even if they are on the other side of the median is not only a courteous action but a safe one for you as well.
It never ceases to amaze me to come across a driver on a clear night with his running lights on as well as the brights. Many times they are on a pickup and tend to be higher from the road and at the same level with the other drivers line of sight. Those drivers seem to be very happy to show of their well equipped vehicle, even if it means blinding everybody else. Some folks call them fog lights. A fog light is not white! It is yellow and should be slightly aimed at the side of the road and down so it will allow the driver to stay in his lane. It should not be aimed upwards as that blinds and reflects back at the driver!
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:03 PM   #16
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Drive exactly like you want the other person to drive and you should have nothing to complain about.....ok .... Next subject ?
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:35 AM   #17
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Hey Ed, I was just joking. Hope I didn't offend you!
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:47 AM   #18
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Same here.

That other guy is looking for deer too and can't see when your lights are blinding him.
X2, just think how you feel when blinded by the other guys lights.
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:30 PM   #19
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i talked to an insurance adjuster and he told me he has investigated as many deer collisions here in Va with deer whisles as without. so there is a question as to their effectiveness
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #20
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Drive exactly like you want the other person to drive and you should have nothing to complain about.....ok .... Next subject ?
This. Apparently "common courtesy" is not so common these days.
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If I can see another set of headlights, I dim my lights.

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And the older we get bright lights bother us (me) more, well, unless I'm reading.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #22
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This. Apparently "common courtesy" is not so common these days.
Sorry to say you are correct Sarah... I drive nights, and see SO many people on divided highways who drive with their brights on,, AND in the left lane.... Wrong And Wrong.... It really doesn't hurt to be courteous, some people should try it some time... It would be a better world... (ya I'm dreaming)... Obstruct other's view, AND risk a head on collision with someone going the wrong way... (ya it doesn't happen) ............
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When I worked as a police officer "Failure to Dim Highbeams" was one of my favorite tickets to issue. Drivers who keep the brights on are discourteous and and cause accidents.
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If I can see another set of headlights, I dim my lights.
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Would you consider coming out of retirement, and working for a while where I live?

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When I worked as a police officer "Failure to Dim Highbeams" was one of my favorite tickets to issue. Drivers who keep the brights on are discourteous and and cause accidents.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:25 PM   #26
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Here in Onratio, it is an offence under section 130 HTA for careless driving or under section 168 HTA by activating your high beams while following another vehicle within 60 metres or approaching an oncoming vehicle within 150 metres.

Although many think that it's OK or customary to flash your high beams when approaching behind someone else who is riding in the fast lane, it is an infraction.
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I seldom drive at night but when I do, if I'm the only one on the road, both ways, I use high beam especially if it's really dark. Otherwise, my headlights are always on low.
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I always dim my lights for approaching traffic. I think to do otherwise is unsafe and inconsiderate.

I find oncoming bright lights distracting and annoying, so I assume others would find mine annoying as well.

In several states it is illegal not to dim, fines are typically small though. Some states do make a distinction between divided and undivided highways. If I remember correctly TX does not require you to dim on divided highways. Still the courteous thing to do IMHO.

I agree with the previous poster, when in areas where deer are an issue I slow down.

P.S Google deer whistles, research shows them to be ineffective in warning deer for various reasons. I should have read the research before I bought mine. Fortunately I've never hit a deer but then again never hit an elephant either which, leads me to believe they are effective for elephants too .
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