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What's so complicated about headlights? #4696592
03/16/18 11:07 AM
03/16/18 11:07 AM
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The Northeast
mclasser Offline OP
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Every night, I come across people who can't use their headlights correctly. You've got:

1) Jokers with their brights on. Flashing them makes no difference, they just continue blinding you. I guess seeing the big high beam indicator on the instrument cluster is too much work for these people.

2) No lights on. Car companies invented AUTO headlights for these people but as the saying goes, you can't fix stupid. Again, flashing them makes no difference.

3) Only DRLs on. You come up behind these idiots and see their taillights are off but there's a small beam of light up front. You flash them but they give you a deer in the headlights look or even flip you off.

4) Not following the "wipers on, lights on" law during inclement weather. Hey, if people can't master turning on lights at night, expecting them to do it during the day is foolish.

It's upsetting because I almost got into an accident with genius from category #3. They were barreling down the left lane going 80+ mph with nothing but some dim DRLs on and ONE fog light.

Last edited by mclasser; 03/16/18 11:12 AM.

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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696596
03/16/18 11:11 AM
03/16/18 11:11 AM
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Just be patient. Self driving cars are going to fix all that. smile


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696609
03/16/18 11:22 AM
03/16/18 11:22 AM
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I totally agree with your list. On my way to work, I lose count of the number of people that find it necessary to drive with bright lights on with cars in front of them or with cars coming in the opposite direction. This number quadruples in the snow and rain. I see just fine with low beams when the roads are empty. I don't understand how they can't see well when the road is filled with other commuters.

Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696610
03/16/18 11:22 AM
03/16/18 11:22 AM
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SE Michigan
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I'd add to your list:

"My driver side low beam is burned out so I'll not bother to fix it and just drive with my high beams on all the time so I can see but everyone in front of me loses their vision"

"I lifted my Brodozer to the sky and put gigawatt lights on it, but never bothered to re-aim the beams so they shine to the North pole and blind people on the ISS"

I've seen a lot of poorly aimed headlights recently, much more than I remember in the past. Not sure why that is. All of my recent used car purchases have had lights that weren't "a little bit" off, they were pointed behind the car.

Last edited by MichiganMadMan; 03/16/18 11:23 AM. Reason: typo

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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696613
03/16/18 11:27 AM
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Chicago,IL,USA
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adding to list:

guys who's lights will flood a 5 lanes highway.
Hooray if they are behind you... blind in all mirrors (left, middle, right).


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696615
03/16/18 11:29 AM
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Common sense left driving a long time ago. Auto headlights are nice though. Turn on the wipers and the lights come on. A pet peeve of mine as people drive in pouring rain with no lights.


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696633
03/16/18 11:43 AM
03/16/18 11:43 AM
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Oshawa, Ont. Canada
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The idiots on the roads get worse and worse everyday! Like what has been mentioned, there is a reason for auto cars, which will cure all that soon enough.


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696647
03/16/18 11:51 AM
03/16/18 11:51 AM
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Ontario, Canada
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Make it idiot proof, and the world will build a better idiot.


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: irv] #4696648
03/16/18 11:54 AM
03/16/18 11:54 AM
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Texas
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Originally Posted By: irv
The idiots on the roads get worse and worse everyday! Like what has been mentioned, there is a reason for auto cars, which will cure all that soon enough.


Seems like a great opportunity to write some tickets … the only thing that will change these self centered fools …

Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mightymousetech] #4696653
03/16/18 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted By: mightymousetech
Make it idiot proof, and the world will build a better idiot.

Post of the day.

Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: irv] #4696674
03/16/18 12:20 PM
03/16/18 12:20 PM
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The Motor City
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Originally Posted By: irv
The idiots on the roads get worse and worse everyday!

Amazingly, this is in spite of the fact that cars today have more nanny features than ever before.

Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696685
03/16/18 12:39 PM
03/16/18 12:39 PM
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OH YES your points are well taken. but do want to open the can of worms about bad streets? i got pulled over the office thought i weaving around. i said NO SIR i wasnt weaving the lane is striped that way. i WAS staying in my lane.

Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696689
03/16/18 12:46 PM
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I'm tempted to keep a cupholder full of spark plugs for the oncoming high beam traffic. DRL is the dumbest thing since the pet rock.


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696701
03/16/18 12:59 PM
03/16/18 12:59 PM
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Nebraska
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These would be the same morons or idiots( take your pick) of the same mindset that only scrape out a little peephole on the drivers side windshield on a frosty or icy morning and do not sweep the snow and ice off of the hood and roof. The same singlr digit IQ imbeciles who drive 80 on the freeway with a donut tire on the axle. The same geniuses who think that if they turn on that blinker it will create instant space to merge or worse yet those who just cut you off no blinker at all. The same idiots who think that they are at NASCAR and they tailgate and weave in and out of traffic constantly only to end up gaining maybe 1 car length at the next light. The same idiots who think that everyone in a mile radius wants to hear their bone rattling deep rumbling rap music bass blasted at a million decibels from their $5k stereo and their $200.00 Impala The same idiots who pay more attention to their cell phone than they do the road in front of them. You are not alone sir, these people are everywhere, everyday and sadly they often cause accidents that cause great harm and even death to others because of their antics. All you can do is control what you can by driving defensively and anticipating these fools to keep doing what fools do. Anyway that is my theory and observations and I am sticking to it.


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Re: What's so complicated about headlights? [Re: mclasser] #4696718
03/16/18 01:16 PM
03/16/18 01:16 PM
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NM, USA
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I was driving home yesterday in a really heavy snowstorm, about 5PM, still daylight but vision maybe 50 yards. Out of the gloom comes a nearly invisible Sheriffs dept truck, no lights!


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