When daylight begins to fade or inclement weather affects visibility, headlights help us to see the road ahead. They also make the vehicle more visible to other cars on the road, helping to avoid potential accidents. Most drivers turn on their headlights during these times without even thinking about it. However, recent research suggests that turning on your headlights every time you drive, including on perfectly clear days, can reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident.
Car manufacturers have started to make vehicles equipped with daytime running lights. However, it would take years before all of the vehicles on the road were either phased out or replaced with cars that had daytime running lights. As a result, many believe that it should be up to the driver to turn their headlights on whenever they drive, and that there should be new laws put into place to enforce this effort.
Headlights Increase Daytime Visibility
Numerous studies show that headlights make vehicles more visible during the day, as well as at night. In fact, according to some studies, daytime headlight use has reduced the number of car accidents by close to 10 percent. In addition, the use of headlights during the day has led to a 5.7 percent reduction in the number of two vehicle accidents, as well as a 12 percent reduction in pedestrian accidents, and a 23 percent reduction in motorcycle accidents involving another vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. These results are significant because of the serious nature of these wrecks, and the potential injuries involved.
Several European countries have already begun to enforce new laws that require motorists to use their headlights during the day. As a result, there have been fewer accidents reported throughout the day in these countries. For example, there was a 37 percent reduction in left turn accidents in Denmark, as well as fewer multiple vehicle accidents. Canada reported over 11 percent fewer multiple vehicle crashes as well.
Currently, there are no laws in the U.S. requiring auto manufacturers to equip their vehicles with daytime running lights or for drivers to turn their headlights on during the day. However, considering the fact that it would only cost drivers between three and 40 dollars per year to replace headlamps more frequently, the potential benefits outweigh the low cost if serious injuries and fatalities can be avoided. Raising awareness of this issue is critical, since the majority of drivers do not realize how effective daytime headlight usage can be at preventing serious, life-threatening accidents.
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