Warning from RAC: Headlight Issues Impacting UK Motorists on the Road
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Warning from RAC: Headlight Issues Impacting UK Motorists on the Road

The automotive service company, which called on the Government to fund an independent study into the intensity of modern car headlights, stated that LED bulbs produce a more concentrated beam resulting in a significantly bright light. Concerns were raised about the potential risk of dazzling other road users and hindering the vision of drivers. Factors contributing to the intensity of the light include poorly aligned headlights and the increasing number of taller vehicles. A survey comprising 2,000 UK drivers showed that 89% of participants found some car headlights too bright. Also, 67% admitted that they had to significantly reduce speed when affected by headlight glare, while 64% believed that these overly bright headlights could lead to accidents. It was revealed that 14% of drivers over the age of 65 actively avoid driving at night due to this issue. Furthermore, Government data revealed that dazzling headlights contribute to 280 road collisions annually, resulting in an average of six deaths per year. The RAC has raised the issue with the Department for Transport (DfT) and is calling for further action. A spokesperson urged the Government to commission independent research to identify the cause of increasing reports of dazzling headlights and measures to address the problem. This call was supported by the College of Optometrists and road safety charity IAM RoadSmart. The DfT stated that strict technical standards are required for approval of vehicle headlights and stressed that road safety is a top priority.