Light can provide warmth on a winter day, illuminate a dimly lit room, and also enables one to witness the miracle of life. But it also has a darker side to it where it can cost a few lives. Let’s see how!
Night driving is a risky task as the fellow drivers may be driving tired or stressed which makes driving more difficult by fading concentration and slowing reaction time. But the most important issue faced by almost every driver at night is the blinding glare of the headlights of a car coming from the other side with high beams. The bright light coming from the opposite direction falls directly on the eyes resulting in momentary vision loss. This temporary blindness often leads to accidents. In India, 74% of vehicles use high beam light that leads to tragic accidents.
#DimTheLights! because the use of high beam lights can be life-threatening
Apollo Tyres has taken up this serious cause and is reminding us how dangerously powerful light can be. They urge each one of us to #DimTheLights! today for a brighter tomorrow, an exposé on how the incorrect use of high beam lights could cost lives.Do your part to prevent night time car accidents by learning how to properly use your high-beam headlights.
Rules for using high beam lights
1) Use high beams in dark rural areas or poorly lit areas to help you see.
2) Do not use high beams in rain or fog as fog can bounce off brighter lights back at you reducing visibility.
3) Turn your high beams off at least 500 feet from oncoming traffic.
4) Turn high beams off when approaching a hill or curve as you never know if another vehicle is coming toward you from the other side of the hill or around a bend in the road. Turn off your brights to prevent the possibility of blinding other drivers.
5) Do not use high beams if the vehicle you are following is at least 200-300 feet ahead of you. Keep your low-beams on to avoid blinding the driver ahead of you.
6) Do not retaliate with another driver by keeping your high beams on.
7) Do not use your high beams to flash or signal another driver as the intense oncoming light is painful to the eyes and mentally discomforting; you simply can't see much for a couple of precious moments.
Watch this video to learn more.
It is your responsibility to drive safely, high beams at the wrong time could be detrimental to another driver’s visibility. The most affected are the ones who spend their nights on the go miles away from their loved ones especially truck drivers, cab drivers, and delivery executives. Let’s pledge to #DimTheLights! for them so they can live to see their loved ones again. It’s high time we act and not ignore this serious issue by spreading the word about high beam safety, using dipper at night on highways and roads, and make roads a safe place for everyone!
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