(Closed) Driving habits at night!

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Do you turn your highbeams DOWN if needed when driving at night? (honesty OK!)
    Yes, always, when cars are oncoming or if there's a car close in front of me : (79 votes)
    81 %
    Yes, but only when there are oncoming drivers : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Yes, but only when I'm right in back of another car : (0 votes)
    No, I leave my highbeams on all the time, even if there are oncoming cars/cars in front of me : (0 votes)
    No, I drive with only low-beams on, always : (18 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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 Fiance yesterday….

    Post # 4
    2419 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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 # 6
    1328 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    10589 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I’ve found some of the lights also look like highbeams and they aren’t.  It’s those stupid blue lights!

    Post # 8
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    1849 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @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
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

    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
    103 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    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
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    925 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    472 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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. ๐Ÿ™

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