The irony of daytime running lights; long-leash dogs; cyclists
Published 02/12/2015 | 02:30
Our readers raise the issue of appropriate headlight use, dogs on long-leashes and the hostility displayed towards cyclists by drivers.
As I'm sure you know, EU regulations mean that every new car model introduced since 2011 is required to have daytime running lights (DRLs). The reason was to reduce road collisions during the day.
However, since their introduction I have seen an increased number of people using their lights incorrectly.
Because they need to be seen during the day, DRLs must be brighter than regular lights, and as such must be dimmed or turned off when headlights are turned on.
This creates an unusual situation. I see too many people driving without dipped lights at night.
My theory is that people think they've got lights on because they can see the effect of the bright DRLs on the road and assume that's headlights.
What makes this situation especially dangerous is that for some reason (which I can't understand), no lights are illuminated on the rear when DRLs are on, so in this situation a car which is supposedly safer because it can be seen better from the front by day is now invisible from behind at night.
I have encountered more and more people without headlights on since the introduction of DRLs, and I for one, think it is more dangerous.
Countless times I have told people to turn their headlights on and have had to point out that no lights are on the rear.
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As a pet lover I like to see people out walking their dogs but I am appalled at how many give such a long leash in heavy traffic situations.
It is hard enough to drive these wet, wintry evenings without having to watch for a dog suddenly waddling onto the road.
Maybe highlighting this will help avoid an accident. Keep up the good work.
As a cyclist I admit the behaviour of some of my fellow two-wheelers can be exasperating for pedestrians and drivers.
But there is no need for the blatant hostility confronting me almost every day from those behind the wheel. They go out of their way to make it awkward for us.
Surely we can all share the road in a much more positive spirit?
What is it that makes people so antagonistic?
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