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Old 11-07-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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I recently moved from rural Missouri. I used my brights driving in the dark to try to avoid deer and other wildlife. The flick of the brights to people who have "forgotten" usually worked. What I hated was driving to work at 4:30 AM with a truck on my rear with the brights on! This happened several times. How I wished for rear-tail light brights to flash at him/her, or something better (a la James Bond!).
A bright flashlight aimed out your rear window. I do it all the time with my litte Surefire flashlight.

To the OP: if you have recently approached you might be noticing the phenomonen of beginning to lose your night vision and becoming more sensitive to headlights. The newer headlights are much brighter too. try averting your eyes a little to the right hand side of the road rather than staring at the oncoming car. You should still be able to see the car's position on the road, as well as your own; I can but YMMV.
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Old 11-07-2010, 12:45 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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I HATE those Halogen lights.
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:51 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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While in MD I rarely use my high beams, even in the rural area where I live. It seems that everyone that moves here has to floodlight their property so the roads are well lit. Also, there's just enough traffic that using them becomes a pain constantly moving the turn signal stalk.

I was in rural NWPA this weekend and the high beams were on there most of the time.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I'm absolutely blind when driving at night, especially when headlights are glaring at me (in front, or behind into my mirrors...). Using highbeams most of the time has saved me a couple times from running into deer. I try to switch them to low if someone approaches but more often than not the other car is using highbeams and doesn't switch theirs to low...
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Old 11-07-2010, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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A bright flashlight aimed out your rear window. I do it all the time with my litte Surefire flashlight.

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Two blinded people don't make it right.
Your a bigger proublem than the bright lights are.


Your right about diverting your eyes to the fog line to avoid looking into the on coming lights.

But if you started to shine me with a light we would have a proublem. You see your intentionally doing this and it is illegal to have a white light shining to the rear, let alone trying to blind someone.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:55 PM
 
Location: South of Maine
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Speeding causes the real problem. When you are driving at the speed of light, you end up out-running your headlights.
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I wish cars were made without high beam headlights and fog lights were outlawed. Fog lights may come in handy IN THE FOG, but SHOULD NOT be used on a clear night. As for the clowns who take their time dimming their brights, I don't blink my lights at the, I put mine on bright and leave them there until they dim theirs. For the ones who take their own sweet time, but do dim theirs, I wait till right at the last minute and hit the brights so they will get a little flash from my lights.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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So, you're saying that your driving theory is based not on safety, but on revenge? Interesting, but likely just as dangerous as anyone who leaves their brights on - you're blinding oncoming traffic just as they reach you. Really smart and adult, that.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I recently moved from rural Missouri. I used my brights driving in the dark to try to avoid deer and other wildlife. The flick of the brights to people who have "forgotten" usually worked. What I hated was driving to work at 4:30 AM with a truck on my rear with the brights on! This happened several times. How I wished for rear-tail light brights to flash at him/her, or something better (a la James Bond!).
How about just slowing down and let them pass you? Of course then you need to fight the strong urge to flip your brights on them.


I give a flash when high blue beams are blinding most times we are met with even brighter lights. Others around here are finding the same thing happening to them. They should be outlawed as well as driving with fog lights on when there is no fog.

We are real rural so have no street lights and need to use brights for deer, coyotes and other critters.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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On these dark country back roads and unlit two lane highways it's a pretty good idea to run with the brights on. There are plenty of deer still alive because of the fact that I do. I admit every now and then I'll forget for a few seconds to dim them but I try to knock them down as soon as headlights come into view.

Fog lights on clear night IS stupid. Some people run with them on all the time and it does nothing much for them.

Trucks seem to appear brighter than cars for the most part and there are plenty of trucks on the roads around here. One needs to not stare down another car's headlights, regardless of weather or not you think they have their brights on or not.
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