Driving back from Raymore Summer Slam the other night I noticed two things about motorists. First, how dim headlights seem to be getting brighter and brighter. Second, how many drivers don’t feel the need to dim their headlights at night. While the first point is somewhat out of our control, the second point is very much under our control. It doesn’t require a lot of work to dim those lights to on coming traffic. It’s not like we have to shovel coal and lift heavy objects just to dim our headlights. It’s a simple flick of the switch, yet it seems to go unnoticed.
I know some people tend to flick the high beams back at those forgetful drivers, but that too can be dangerous as it may temporarily blind the other driver. Last time I checked, two drivers who can’t see well at night make for a scary situation. As tempting as it sounds to want to flash the high beam lights at a stubborn oncoming driver, I take the advice of driving experts which is to look down at the white solid line along the the right edge of the highway and peak out the corner of my eye until the person has zoomed by.
After four or five times in about 90 minutes, this practice of looking to the side really starts to get old. Dimming one’s headlights at night is one of the first lessons drivers-ed instructors taught us growing up, including its importance. A good reminder for all of us out on the roads at night is to think back to those driver-ed classes, remember road etiquette, and be alert and respectful around other motorists. Dim those headlights!