Do those blue (halogen?) headlights, getting more and more popular, often
blind you from an approaching vehicle? I seem to be finding them more and
more disturbing. If this is really a problem, why are they legal and how
did they get popular? Are they that effective for the driver using them?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
I've seen a few and I think they would be illegal if the cops ticketed
them and the judge had any sense. But it might be a close call. Any
normal person perceives them as blue, and in AZ showing blue lights in
any direction is illegal. But it's a paler blue then what is usually
used on police cars so a judge conceivable could say they "aren't blue
enough to count". In my mind they clearly aren't white so they fail
the test of "any color between white and amber" which is what's legal
in the front as the general rule for lights. Amber might not be
allowed for the mandatory headlights though even though it's ok for
Devil's Advocate Question: Could age-related loss of eye function be a
I flat-out do not drive at night - and I even avoid driving late in the
afternoon because there's something badly missing in my night vision.
Can't put my finger on it.... technically, I think I *see* things, but
it's just not the same as in daylight.... part of it is peripheral
vision, part of it is speed/distance judgment, but there is lots more
and I'll check into a motel rather than drive home if I get caught down
the shore when the daylight window for the trip home has closed.
Sucks to be you!
But yes, age is a factor. I'm in my late 60s and do not like to drive
at night. I can and I will, but I know the chances of being in an
accident are greater, so try and make necessary trips in daylight.
IOW, know yer limitations. Duh. ;)
I'm 70 and have no problem if I'm the only car on the road. Add a lot
of other oncoming cars and it is getting more difficult. Add rain and
I'd rather not drive at night. Never bothered me when I was 20.
"Night" doesn't bother me as much as "twilight" -- the time between when
my "day vision" (color) fades and "night vision" (mono) kicks in. Heaven
help a guy on the roadside with a recumbent bicycle!! :-/
The city uses low pressure sodium on some streets, spaced out pretty
far. Add in pedestrians with dark clothing and it gets interesting.
There is a law bicycles have to have lighting. Sometimes I think that's
counterproductive. On dark roads with no traffic I find I fix on the
blinking LED. Like motorcycles, you go where you're looking.
Lots of Astronomy, here. So, city discourages "light polution".
Most neighborhoods have no "street lights". During a New Moon
(or before moonrise/after moonset) most neighborhoods are *black*.
I don't know what cyclists are required to have by way of safety equipment,
here. We have a large, internationally recognized bike race here each year
so you frequently encounter large groups of cyclists "training" together
(and is spandex a PREREQUISITE for riding a bicycle??).
Being "bike friendly", lots of cyclists on the roads -- along with lots
of unusual bike configurations. The smart ones put a flag or some other
attention getter on them so you can see them hiding behind an adjacent
I saw a NJ State cop quoted about conditions on the Atlantic City
Expressway as saying "Tail lights are drunk magnets".... His point being
that somebody who pulls over on the shoulder should extinguish all their
Because folks put their hazzards on WHILE driving.
And, if driving slow, virtually indistinguishable
from stopped. So, see flashing (brake) lights and
it is just as likely to be someone creeping along
IN THE LANE as it is someone stopped roadside. I.e.,
no way to know if you want to be "behind them" or
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