Of­fi­cial warn­ing on daz­zling run­ning lights

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DAY­TIME run­ning lights (DRLS) risk daz­zling driv­ers at night, Eng­land’s Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer (CMO) has warned.

Pro­fes­sor Dame Sally Davies said in her an­nual re­port: “At night, if [DRLS] do not dim… they can be very daz­zling.” Prof Davies added that this posed a po­ten­tial safety risk: “Older driv­ers, in par­tic­u­lar, will be daz­zled by on­com­ing ve­hi­cles, with the risk that they may not see haz­ards un­til too late.”

While mod­ern DRLS are de­signed to switch off when a car’s head­lights are on, driv­ers who for­get to turn their headlamps on, or don’t switch th­ese to ‘auto’, risk hav­ing their DRLS daz­zle other mo­torists.

The CMO’S com­ments come af­ter re­search by the RAC found 15 per cent of driv­ers re­ported hav­ing a “near miss” af­ter be­ing daz­zled by on­com­ing traffic.

The UK Gov­ern­ment is cur­rently work­ing with the United Na­tions to de­ter­mine whether some car head­lights are too bright, fol­low­ing a ris­ing num­ber of com­plaints from driv­ers. This in­ves­ti­ga­tion could re­sult in a re­view of light­ing stan­dards for man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“Driv­ers who for­get to turn their headlamps on risk hav­ing their DRLS daz­zle other mo­torists”

BRIGHT Chief Med­i­cal Of­fi­cer has spelled out the dan­gers of DRLS

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