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90% of drivers report dazzling lights: Are newer cars with LED technology to blame?

Problems are sometimes visible at first glance. But not always.
Problems are sometimes visible at first glance. But not always.
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12:04 PM EST, January 26, 2024

About 90% of German drivers report being dazzled while driving. And it is not only Germany that is bothered with this problem. How can one avoid this?

Logically, the age and technical state of vehicles are insufficient explanations for this pervasive issue. In Germany, for instance, cars are generally newer with stricter mandatory inspections compelling drivers to keep their vehicles in good condition. Notably, 82% of German drivers assessing road lights claimed they cause dazzlement. The same sentiment was echoed by almost 27% of respondents on dipped beam lights and approximately 26% on rear fog lights.

According to reports, due to instances of dazzling during night drives, drivers experience afterimages, and some even endure physical eye pain. ADAC cites expert opinions purporting this as concrete evidence that dazzling is a real problem, rather than merely a perceptual complaint from drivers. Furthermore, ADAC reports that a part of this issue may be attributed not only to older cars but also to newer models that utilize LED technology.

The increasing favorability for SUVs and crossovers, characterized by higher bonnet lines and steps, which consequentially places vehicle lights higher, may be exacerbating the issue. For drivers of traditional segment cars, this could result in increased dazzling.

To help curb this problem, ADAC provides some useful tips for drivers:

  • Use the handbrake during extended stops to prevent stop lights from dazzling the drivers behind you.
  • If your vehicle comes equipped with manual light adjustment, make sure to use it frequently.
  • If the automatic headlight beam adjustment system is ineffective in the city or at intersections, consider turning it off in such cases.
  • Regularly clean the headlights.
  • Ensure your vehicle's lights are correctly adjusted and functioning properly.
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