Modern headlights ‘blinding drivers’

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Image caption The particular RAC has said new technology has made car headlights brighter

Drivers are being temporarily blinded by modern vehicle headlights, based on an RAC survey.

Two-thirds of drivers say they may be “regularly dazzled” by oncoming car headlights even though they are dipped, the survey associated with 2, 061 motorists suggests.

And 67% of these said it can take up to five mere seconds for their sight to clear with a additional 10% claiming the effect on their eye lasts up to 10 seconds.

The RAC said developments in headlight technology were evoking the problem.

About 15% of those drivers polled said that they had nearly suffered a collision because of being dazzled by other motorists using full-beam headlights.

‘Unwanted risk’

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The intensity plus brightness of some new vehicle headlights is clearly causing problems for other road users.

“Headlight technology has advanced significantly in recent years, but while that may be much better for the drivers of those particular automobiles, it is presenting an unwanted, brand new road safety risk for anyone traveling towards them or even trying to take out at a junction. ”

All cars sold for road use within the UK have to be fitted with headlamps that conform to standards set by EU in line with the UN’s World Discussion board for Harmonization of Vehicle Rules.

A UN operating party is currently looking at the issue of headlight glare using its next meeting due to be kept at the end of next month.

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