People Driving Using Highbeams

United States
January 8, 2010 12:33pm CST
It seems like in my area there are people that NEVER turn off their highbeams, thus blinding people in small cars like myself. I understand that in places where deer tend to run across the streets it does make it easier to help spot the deer ahead of time when using highbeams, but it also blinds us other drivers sometimes! When you use your highbeams, do you turn them off when you are following a car or when one approaches in the opposite direction/oncoming traffic as you're supposed to? When I use mine I try to be considerate and never use them when following directly behind a car, and I always try to turn them off when oncoming traffic approaches, although sometimes in hilly areas where the speed limit is high I don't always get the opportunity to do so quickly enought. How about you?
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16 responses
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jan 10
Seems like I'm rarely the driver in a situation where high beams are required. But yeah I do try to be proactive and turn them off long before they could ever bother anybody. It's easy to forget though. Also, some of the newer headlights are really bright and people think they're looking at high beams when they're not. I forget which car of mine it was, they were so bright, people used to flash their high beams at me like I had forgotten to turn mine off and I'd sigh and think "not again"...
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
9 Jan 10
I like the word proactive there..
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Jan 10
I sound like a management seminar!
• United States
8 Jan 10
Yes that is very annoying to me! I don't use mine unless needed. I get blinded so many times it is unreal! What is wrong with those people that do that? I sometimes feel like I am going to be pulled over just to find out it was just an ignorant person! Did they not learn this in Driving School? How stupid are they of not to know when to use them? IT JUST REALLY ANNOYS ME! hOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT TO BE BLINDED BY THE LIGHT?
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• United States
8 Jan 10
I know what you mean. There are a lot of rural roads in my area and it seems like almost everyday on my way home from work someone's high beams are on. As Dawn said, maybe some of the newer lights are just bright, but these are INCREDIBLY bright so...
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• United States
9 Jan 10
Thanks for the response and happy my lotting
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
9 Jan 10
I dislike using the high-beams too, because I dislike it when it's being used on me. Especially wanting to check out the rear-view mirror and having these cars behind with their high-beams on, really frustrating. Sometimes the road is clear and yet they choose to use the beams, it can be kind of taxing to concentrate in front.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
8 Jan 10
Yes I use my highbeams lights once in awhile but I always turn them down when a car is coming in the opposite direction or I get close to the car in front of me. Here where I live it is against the law not to lower your highbeams lights when a car is coming from the opposite directions or you are real close to one in front of you. You can be ticketed by the police if you do not lower for these reason.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I have always tried to be corteous when driving, Those high beams can blind u for sure, Have a great weekend.
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@b4balaji (410)
• India
8 Jan 10
This happens a lot with people riding two wheelers too. They never shift to low beam once they move from highways. And they never know what a high beam is really meant for. In india, there is a rule to stick black stickers, in the glass panel of the headlight, so that it doesnt hurt the peoples eyes, who come in the opposite direction. But very few people follow this. This is one of the reasons for the night accidents, it makes people blind temporarily. Dont know when people will realize the use of things.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
8 Jan 10
I hardly ever use my highbeams but when I do, I try to remember to turn them off like I'm supposed to. I should probably use mine more than I do, but I don't think about it. Good thing my eyes are ok I reckon...lol. It is bad when someone blinds you with their headlights though.
9 Jan 10
I make a concious effort to switch them but no-one is perfect and I somtimes do forget. More often than not though I do switch them off!! I hate it when people don't switch off high beams and it is one of the things that bugs me about driving. I can understand people do forget but it is still annoying. Even when someone driving behind me has high beams on it winds me up because it blinds me to look in rear view mirror which could be really dangerous. If someone behind me has high beams on then I generally tend to use wing mirrors if possible!!!!
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• India
9 Jan 10
I use highbeams, but I will turn off them when needed.
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• Canada
9 Jan 10
My husband and I only used our high beams when it was absolutely necessary, and we turned them off as soon as we didn't need them. It also drove us nuts if someone drove behind us with their damn high beams on. I've never been able to drive, but when Hubby drove, he would become totally blinded by people who did that.
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@ldqiang (26)
• China
9 Jan 10
i never use that
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• India
25 Jan 10
Hello my friend Bethany1202 Ji, Sorry to dis-appointyou, but I do not drive at this stage of my life. But I am with you that people should take care of other vehicles on teh road as a safety norms. May God bless You and have a great time.
@syankee525 (6294)
• United States
9 Jan 10
i know i do and when i went through driving school we were taught to turn them if a car is coming at us or we are behind us. i hate when people are coming toward me with high beams on more if they are in back of me i can adjust my review to aim it back at them.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
9 Jan 10
My reflexes suck, so I don't manage to turn my lights off in time. My response to this is to rarely, if ever, turn my high beams on. That way I can't forget. But I've ran into those inconsiderate people too. Even when they have miles in which to turn it down (some of our land is very flat), they won't. Even when you flash them multiple times, they just flash you back and keep them on! Frustrating! It's the ones behind me that are worse. They're usually trucks, so the bright beams come in right into the mirror. And they ride right next to your bumper, on ice. I usually turn my mirror up, and slow down into super-slow-granny mode. They eventually pass and I'm rid of them. Most of them. The others, all I can do is curse them for the miles they're behind me. I'd sure like high beams in the back of the car sometimes!! Vengeance!! Ha-Ha!!
@jkcokley (267)
• United States
9 Jan 10
yes, I use my highbeams. I don't use them when following behind another vehicle, the vehicle in lead is suppose to use them and when oncoming traffic approaches the vehicle in the lead is suppose to go to low beam. If you are coming up on a hill then you are suppose to flash the highbeam to alert oncoming drivers that you are approaching and thus turn to low beams for you both. I was taught this in drivers ed 20 some years ago. I don't know if that is still in the manual but it should be. Turn down the highbeams people! Know that said there are new headlights out that there that a swear on my fathers grave that are highbeams and the highbeams are super highbeams! So for those people - I'm sorry your vehicle has a super beam that blinds the rest of us. There are also vehicles that have headlights that are not focused properly and that shoot into uncoming traffic and it wouldn't matter if they were on highbeam or not, they simply will blind someone. I actually got so tired of this problem that I purchased a truck to for lack of a better word be above it all. The only time I have problems now is when uncoming semi trucks go by. :)
@abhaijith (2962)
• India
9 Jan 10
Friend, night driving is my favourite and the only problem while driving at night in my area is around 50% of people don't dim the light while passing and make us absolutely blind. I used to dim light always. But here its difficult to drive here with low beams because the roads here are not very good, we see gutters while reaching there and its so dangerouse during high speed driving. Very good topic. Happy Mylotting.