AAA: Estimated 80 percent of headlights unsafe on dark roads

Test results from AAA (American Automobile Association) indicate even with the most advanced headlight systems, a motorist’s ability to see an object on rural roadways at night can be reduced by as much as 60 percent compared WITH driving in daylight.

“AAA’s test results reveal that headlights found in U.S. vehicles fall short on safety.” said Megan McKernan, manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center. “By failing to properly light roadways at moderate speeds, a pedestrian or animal may not become visible to a driver until it’s too late to stop.

In addition to testing low- and high-beam headlight performance, AAA tested the effect deteriorated headlight lenses have on light intensity and glare. The protective coating used on modern lenses can slowly deteriorate and cloud after about five years, reducing light output and increasing light scatter, which results in glare for other drivers. The testing found restoring headlights doubles the maximum light intensity and reduces glare-producing light scatter by up to 60 percent. Yet, according to a recent AAA survey, only 20 percent of Americans have performed this service.

“Cloudy headlights can cause safety issues while driving at night” said Montrae Waiters, AAA spokeswoman. “Motorists can purchase headlight restoration to restore headlights to new. This will greatly increase driving safety.”

AAA RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NIGHTTIME DRIVING: If your car’s headlamp lenses are not crystal clear, have them restored, this will provide a noticeable increase in visibility, and reduce the glare from other motorist.

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