Nobody wants to get into a car accident. These events are aptly named, being that they happen by mistake. We all behave in certain ways to mitigate the chances of an accident occurring, such as signaling turns and lane changes, wearing sunglasses on bright days, driving slowly in blizzards and storms, and keeping our eyes on the road instead of on our phones. Though none of these are guarantees that an accident won’t occur, they certainly reduce the chances and ensure that we’re doing all we can to avoid a disaster.
Because new information is constantly becoming available, there may be a new way to reduce the chances of getting into an auto accident. Studies suggest that turning on your car’s headlights during the day may reduce your chances of an accident by nearly 10%, a pretty significant difference for the minimal effort required.
Many people understand the logic behind using headlights at night and during inclement weather; when visibility is decreased, you must do everything in your power to show other drivers where you are. In many states, headlights are required during both of these times, and fines and penalties can be enacted if the laws are not obeyed. However, it’s harder for many people to grasp why turning on your headlights during the day could help them avoid accidents. The answer is the same as in all other headlight scenarios: better visibility.
Even on a clear day, others are much more likely to spot your vehicle if the lights are on. While car on car crashes are reduced by around 6%, pedestrian collisions are reduced by 12%, and motorcycle accidents go down by a whopping 23% when vehicles have their lights on. Essentially, the more eye-catching your car is, the higher the likelihood that others will see and react to your actions, so if you aren’t able to react to their mistake, they can react to your driving.
Many countries are implementing policies that require all drivers to have their headlights on at all times, all with wild success. Canada decreased auto accidents by 12% by this method, where Denmark saw a 37% reduction in left-turn related accidents alone. The data is not to be ignored. This method may make roads significantly safer and keep injuries and fatalities to a minimum. While some countries require daytime headlights, the majority of cars being produced worldwide do not have an automatic daytime headlight feature. In the United States, this feature is not required of auto manufacturers at all, despite incidents of drowsy driving and low visibility.
Worth the Effort
If there is any debate to be had on this front, it’s over the requirement of a feature that doesn’t come standard in cars. To achieve this setting, drivers would have to turn on the lights themselves. Many people are not used to doing this, as lots of cars turn lights on automatically during the appropriate times. However, with such a low risk, high reward situation, it’s possible that lawmakers will make the jump to require daytime headlight use for all. Drivers will have to get accustomed to ensuring that their lights are on, even if they don’t automatically turn on.
Many people are concerned about the price of running headlights all of the time instead of only at night and in the rain. Many people use their car primarily to commute to and from work, meaning that most of their driving happens in the daytime. Right now, these people rarely use their headlights. With new laws on the line, many worry about the potential bulb and replacement costs of running their car’s lights all of the time. Though this is a valid concern, the reality does not reflect a significant investment to turn on your headlights during the day. The maximum average yearly cost of running headlights in the daytime is $40, and this price reflects a very specific and more expensive kind of bulb. Many people will only be spending $3 more annually. Both of these prices are a minuscule amount when compared with yearly costs of accidents and fatalities. For only $3 per year, you could be saving someone’s life.
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