Let’s pledge to #DimTheLights! and save a life by using high beams lights appropriately
Driving at night is a scenario that should be dealt with extra caution and care as the dangers of after-dark drive are huge!! While you cannot stay off the road completely, there’s often no way to avoid driving in the dark.
#DimTheLights! to make driving a safe experience
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About 90% of a driver's reaction time depends on vision, which is severely impaired in the dark. Paradoxically, some kinds of light like the blinding glare from high beam lights can aggravate the problem. In India, 74% of vehicles use high beam light that leads to tragic accidents. Apollo Tyres recent initiative #DimtheLights! reminds us how dangerously powerful light can be. The serious cause #DimtheLights! today for a brighter tomorrow driven by Apollo Tyres is a reality- check on how the incorrect use of high beam lights could cost lives! If you always keep your high beams on, you risk blinding other drivers momentarily with your lights at close and medium range resulting in a tragic accident.
While there is no foolproof way to avoid accidents at night, there are things you can do to help lower your risk when behind the wheel. The brights game is a pretty good way to stay alert and courteous, but a better understanding of when or when not to use them goes a long way.
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How to use high beams accurately?
1) If an oncoming vehicle fails to dim its high beams be very cautious as to how you alert such a driver by flashing your lights.
2) If oncoming drivers do not turn off their high beams, you can slow down and use the right side of the road as the guide until the car passes.
3) Use high beams in poorly lit or dark areas to help you see.
4) Slow down if the other driver is blinding you with his high beam – do not retaliate by doing the same. Think Safety!
5) Turn off or dim your high beams when you’re within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle so you don’t temporarily blind the other driver.
6) When travelling on roads with heavy traffic, use low beam headlights if a vehicle is within 200 meters of your range, to ensure a safe gap.
7) Do not use high beams in rainy or foggy conditions. The water particles of the fog or rain can bounce off brighter lights back at you reducing visibility.
The best way is the safe way
If you and your fleet are constantly on the road during the darkest hours, it is imperative to take precautions for a safe and uneventful night time driving experience. Let’s pledge to #DimtheLights! by not using high beams unnecessarily, using dipper at night on highways, and being extra cautious once you’re on the road to reduce stress and make driving just another enjoyable experience.
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