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Old 11-25-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
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Dimming headlights.

Do you dim your headlights when meeting oncoming vehicle when traveling on a divided highway at night. Reading the Illinois rules of the road states that you dim your lights at 500ft. when meeting another vehicle, but it does not say anything about on a divided highway. Deer are really bad this time of year in our area so I like to leave my lights on bright as much as I can.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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I always dim my headlights. I think it's a safer way to drive.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:05 PM   #3
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Do you dim your headlights when meeting oncoming vehicle when traveling on a divided highway at night. Reading the Illinois rules of the road states that you dim your lights at 500ft. when meeting another vehicle, but it does not say anything about on a divided highway. Deer are really bad this time of year in our area so I like to leave my lights on bright as much as I can.
It doesn't exclude divided highways either, right?

Just do it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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I usually Dim My Lights however it really depends on how Bright the Lights coming toward Me appear.
If it looks like the oncoming traffic Lights are really bright then that indicates to Me that My Lights must also appear Bright so I will Dim. If No one in the opposite Lanes is changing Their Lights after I drop Mine I may flip them back to Hi Beam!
It really depends on the particular circumstances.
I try to Not drive at Night if I can avoid it!
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:39 PM   #5
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If I can see another set of headlights, I dim my lights.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:06 PM   #6
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If I can see another set of headlights, I dim my lights.

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Same here. That said, I try to avoid driving the coach after dark.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:39 PM   #7
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Yep, like others I dim my lights. Please dim yours! Just because a highway is divided does not mean the light coming across is blocked or restricted. On some interstates the separation is wide enough that dimming is not really necessary. Still think it is good practice so as the division narrows, one still remembers to dim.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #8
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I always dim my lights but sometimes feel like a fool because alot of other people don't. With some of the excessively bright aftermarket headlights some have, it can blind you momentarily.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:53 AM   #9
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I always dim mine as soon as I see the reflection of oncoming lights, I also dim them when I can see taillights ahead of me.

If deer are a problem in your area then slow down. Two things I never do when it is inevitable that I will hit an animal on the road, I never hit my brakes and I never swerve. Those are the two things that will do you the most damage. The one thing I do do is stomp on the accelerator, if I have to hit an animal I am going to do it with my front end as high as possible. I have come across a few accidents where swerving to miss a rabbit or other small creature has killed the driver and one accident where a convertible, after slamming on the brakes flipped a horse in to the front seat and killed the two occupants.

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As others have said, it depends somewhat on how wide the median is. Normally I only dim my lights if I am on the INSIDE of a curve where my lights will be shining across the median toward oncoming traffic. On a straight stretch I don't dim them UNLESS the oncoming traffic flashes their bright lights at me. At that point I assume my lights are bothering them and go ahead and dim. Deer are a real danger around here so I like to have as much light out ahead of me as I can!
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Ed, is that some of that "road rage" I've heard about?
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #12
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If I can see another set of headlights, I dim my lights.

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Same here.

That other guy is looking for deer too and can't see when your lights are blinding him.
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Dimming your headlights is one of the first things you should do when encountering wildlife. A deer will freeze when it cannot see properly and dimming the lights will allow it to react to the danger. Therefore, dimming for an oncoming car will do some of the same for the other driver. As a professional driver and almost all of it after dark, I can truefully say that driving with dims only is actually a better way to see what is ahead of you. When you drive after dark you should soon learn to drive the shadows. Meaning using a far off street light or car lights as warnings when you see a little blip as something crosses between you and it. An animal crossing the road will show itself in the form of a shinning eye as well. Bright lights will show a glare that may blind you to that. Looking directly at oncoming lights will take away your ability to see as well as focusing on the side of the road instead. Diming your lights for other drivers as soon as posibile even if they are on the other side of the mediam is not only a curtious 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 equipt 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, 12:12 PM   #14
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I also Dim my lights to oncoming trafic, i also use a DEER Whistle to alert the deer.
it seems to work every place i have driven with deer.
it also works on Camals, i drove through Nevada and never seen ONE Camal
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