Ensure headlights are on after dark

Drivers here are required to switch on their headlights after 7pm, but there are still quite a number who flout this rule.

Some drivers probably forget to switch on their headlights because newer cars are fitted with dashboards that light up automatically when they start the engine, unlike in the past when drivers had to switch on the lights to view the readings on the dashboard.

Others may think that street lights provide enough illumination.

In the United States, Canada and some parts of Europe, cars are required to be fitted with daytime running lamps that automatically switch on when the vehicle is moving forward.

In some post-Soviet countries, traffic rules require the use of low-beam or daytime running lamps any time, anywhere.

Perhaps the Land Transport Authority needs to deploy more patrols after dark to nab drivers who flout the headlight rule. It could also consider requiring vehicles to be fitted with daytime running lamps, like what some other countries are doing.

Nigay Oleg

This article was first published on Oct 28, 2014.
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