These lights put the most vulnerable and less conspicuous road users, for example pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists at risk.
Who is Lightmare?
Lightmare is a collaboration of worldwide voluntary groups of experienced motorists including scientists, engineers, mathematicians, lawyers and ophthalmologists supported by the leading pedestrian, cycling and motorcycling organisations.
They are committed to improving road safety by reducing glare and other distractions in the driving environment.
The simple aim of Lightmare is to persuade the UK Government to introduce measures to limit the eye damaging intensity of lights that a driver encounters e.g.
- Daytime Running Lights – overbright
- Xenon headlights – blinding
- Misuse of brake lights – keeping foot on the brake when stopped
- Misuse of front and rear fog lights
- Illuminated distracting advertising
Right To Ride’s Trevor Baird says, “While we motorcyclists try to – and are advised to – make ourselves more conspicuous with bright colours, fluorescent clothing, Automatic Headlights On (AHO) on the motorcycle, are we sometimes “authors of our own misfortune”?
While trying to make ourselves conspicuous so than other road users see us, with brighter lights, aftermarket diode lighting or riding in daylight with the main beam on, we complain about other road users and blinding headlights which add to the problem of glare.
This means hiding ourselves in the sea of glare of lights so that we can’t be seen and our approaching speed cannot be judged by others on the road!
Is this our fault to buy into Road Safety advice that bright is always right?
Maybe it’s time to take a moment and “reflect” on our own use of headlights?