BLIND­SIDED TECH

Wheels (Australia) - - Inbox - Troy Carey, Gos­ford, NSW

Re­cently, I al­most ran into a car driv­ing sig­nif­i­cantly slower than me on a moon­less night be­cause the ve­hi­cle had no lights il­lu­mi­nated from the rear. I thought they were driv­ing blind, but as I went past, I saw the car had day­time run­ning lights and an elec­tronic dash that must light up day or night.

I have no­ticed sev­eral more in­stances of this. It would seem these DRLS pro­vide (just) enough light at night for these driv­ers to be un­aware that they have not switched on their head­lights, and are vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing struck from be­hind.

To me it’s dan­ger­ous and a mas­sive Achilles heel. I hope car man­u­fac­tur­ers are un­der pres­sure to fix it ASAP.

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