Post # 1
If you would humor me and take the above poll, that would be lovely. 🙂 Don’t have to post if you don’t want to.
I’ve noticed in the past couple years that it’s increasingly hard for me to see when there are oncoming drivers or someone right in back of me. I’m not sure if lights have gotten brighter, or if there is a new (in the last 2 years of so) bad habit of drivers: not turning their headlights down when there is an oncoming car, or when they come up behind someone. I’m not sure if it really is that people don’t turn their highbeams down, or if it’s just that car headlights keep getting brighter and brighter and my old clunker, low to the ground and w/ dim headlights, just makes driving on the same roads as all the people in their high-up, bright-headlight cars super miserable. I really don’t think it’s that my eyesight is getting worse– I’m in my mid-twenties and can see perfectly.
Has anyone else noticed this?
And, not to be unpleasant, but please remember to turn your highbeams down when other drivers are oncoming or in front of you!
Post # 3
I think headlights are significantly brighter in newer models. I’ve noticed the same thing, so I’ve started paying attention. At stop lights at night, I can often see an obvious difference between the headlights of an older car and a very new model (especially an SUV or crossover) when they’re right next to each other. Funny that you posted this, I was just ranting about this to my FI yesterday….
Post # 4
I have a really hard time driving at night when it’s raining-especially if I am wearing my glasses. The glare off the road when a car is coming towards pretty much blinds me.
Post # 5
@Taeyers: I know. I was going on about it to my SO last night, after yet another blinding and long drive home from work in the dark. I always come home with a headache. I think sometimes headlight brightness has something to do with how clear and new the headlight covers are, and I wish I could get mine replaced, but on my car (an old Volvo) they cost like $150 for EACH ONE.
It doesn’t help that 3/4ths of the cars where I live are SUVs of some kind or pickups or some kind of high-clearance all-wheel-drive car/SUV thing. Ugh, northern winters.
Post # 6
I’ve noticed that too, and hate it. But I think it’s mostly becuase newer models have better brighter lights. Plus the lights on many SUVs and larger cars are high up, putting them right at the level of my mirrors. I just usually do that tilt thing with the rearview mirror to cut down on the glare.
Post # 7
I’ve found some of the lights also look like highbeams and they aren’t. It’s those stupid blue lights!
Post # 8
Yeah there are a lot of newer model cars that come with intense halogen-based lights, so they seem a lot brighter than what you’re used to. It’s a lot worse if the car is an SUV. But people not dimming their highbeams is a huge pet peeve of mine. I wish I could get reverse-mounted floodlights on my car roof so if the driver behind me is blinding me, I can return the favor!
Post # 9
@Creiddylad: Haha I feel your pain completely! Especially with my FI’s parents living 2.5 hours away in northern MN. They live close enough for us to make the drive frequently, but far enough where that drive always leaves me with a pulsing headache at night. I’m very guilty of speeding on the highway just to get away from the brand new pick-up or SUV behind me with it’s headlights boring holes into my brain through my rear view mirror.
Post # 10
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I’ve had a hard time as of late figuring out if people have their regular headlights or their highbeams on.. if I knew more about cars I might be able to make the distinction of how old the make/model is :1 But I definitely only use my highbeams when there’s no one else around, and turn them off when a car shows up either in front of/next to me or oncoming.
Post # 11
Yes! newer models have much brighter lights! it’s awful! i hate driving at night now it gives me headaches constantly. I feel like i need to wear my sunglasses at night just to drive with the bright lights.
Then there’s always that a$$hole driver that leaves their highbeams on too though. so rude.
I also find i’ve been seeing a lot of drivers forgeting to put their headlights on at all lately…and they just ignore the flash of the highbeam i try to throw them.
I really hate people sometimes.
Post # 12
I hate those blue tinted obnoxiously bright bulbs some cars use! I think that headlights have gotten brighter. I have also noticed a lot of drivers over using their high-beams, and not turning them off when they should.
I’m also in my mid twenties and feel myself driving half blind and squinty over these bright lights. I hate night driving because of it….and in the rain? Ugh. Even worse.
Post # 13
I am religious about turning my brights off for both oncoming traffic and people ahead of me. I know how much it sucks to be on the receivng end of that (especially if an SUV is behind a regular car with them on!), so I am careful with it.
Post # 14
I don’t drive at night anymore because of this very reason. I’ve always been forced off the road by people who don’t turn down their lights.
I rarely EVER use my high beams. Never ever on the highway. I’ll use them on back roads when they are NO cars around me (even behind me), and when there aren’t any street lights.
Post # 15
I don’t know if the headlights are brighter or if people are just rude, but I have noticed it, too! It sucks!! (Not to mention, it’s dangerous!)
Post # 16
Newer model cars definitely have brighter lights! I learned that the hard way when I thought a car was being a jerk and driving right at me with their high beams on. I flicked my brights a little so they would get the hint and turn theirs down, and then they actually turned their brights on to show me that they were driving with their normal lights, and to be an a-hole. OUCH! We have a lot of unlit highways where I live and driving at night is torture because people either forget to turn the brights off, or they have a stupid new truck with insanely bright lights. 🙁