Brighter Headlights Are Blinding New Hampshire Drivers
Newer, brighter lights have made night driving a nightmare.
You're driving down a two lane road. After coming around a corner, you meet an oncoming vehicle who's lights appear to be running on on high-beam. You draw closer, and flash your headlights, hoping the driver will realize they're blinding you, and switch to low beam. Then, they flash back an even BRIGHTER light. it's a growing trend which has become a major problem across the Granite State.
It's true. Vehicle manufactures are making headlights brighter so drivers can see better while driving at night, but those lights are causing problems for other drivers, according to WNYW. Robert Sinclair Jr from AAA Northeast said "headlights are getting brighter and brighter and it's as the technology progresses. We have gone from the sealed beam headlamp to xenon high intensity discharge lamps, halogen lamps and now LEDs."
If you're driving an economy car, it's even worse. Sinclair said "SUV's have higher ride height, that means the lights are going to be higher and they're going to be in your eyes, particularly if you're in ongoing traffic in a smaller vehicle."
AAA says there are federal regulations in place to limit headlight brightness, but it can be difficult to enforce.