‘6 out of 10 drivers think LED headlights are dangerously blinding’
A recent RAC study relayed by Touring shows that more than half of drivers think that LED headlights can be a risk for road safety because they can momentarily blind other road users with their powerful light beams.
Mobility organization Touring calls for better technology awareness and for motorists to set their headlights properly.
With their powerful white light beam, LED headlights allow drivers to see further down the road when darkness falls. This technology is twice as powerful as halogen lamps and it can lighten the road up to 300 meters ahead. While it represents a safety gain for the driver, it can also momentarily blind other road users.
Blind for 112 meters
Any motorist has already experienced that discomfort. Either the car’s headlights are badly set up or it flashes in the rear-view mirror when the road gets bumpy. Nonetheless, you’re vision is impaired for a few seconds.
The British Royal Automobile Club (RAC) has conducted a study on the matter of LED headlights and found that six motorists out of ten think the technology can be dangerous.
If a driver gets blinded by the headlights of a car equipped with LED technology for 5 seconds while driving at 80 km/hour, he or she will have driven 112 meter with no clear sight. That is nearly the size of a football field (120 m).
Touring calls for precaution
Motoring organization and roadside assistance, Touring, relays the British study and calls for percussion by educating drivers on the technology.
First of all, they ask all drivers with a car equipped with LED headlights to set them at the correct height depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most modern high-end systems are self-leveling and adapt depending on the road condition.
For other road users, Touring advises them to clean their windshields to stop reflections and to adjust their rear-view mirrors to the dimming position if they’re not equipped with the auto-dimming function. More obvious, the organization tells drivers to concentrate on their own line or to wear polarizing glasses.