Vauxhall Astra headlights.

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Vauxhall Astra headlights.

Post by Ldorl » Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:37 am

Recent TV advertising is boasting about the new Astra having an increased of something like 40 metres in the range of its headlight beams, intimating that it promotes safer driving. safer for whom? - certainly not for the poor sods facing their approach. What is it going to take for our pathetic government to realise that we are all being blinded when facing the powerful headlights of oncoming traffic? This is made even worse by three factors - (1) badly adjusted beams which blind even when dipped, (2) the continual line of bright offside headlights when in a string of congested traffic, and (3) the increased dazzle during rain,when the dipped lights have their beams reflected off a wet road.

The "need" to drive fast only occurs on rural roads, and major roads/M-ways at quiet periods. In built up areas, only dipped beams are truly necessary, and these do not, and should not, be of a power to dazzle oncoming drivers. It should be noted that the more powerful the dipped beams are, the greater is the risk of a cyclist/pedestrian not being spotted in the darkness that is created behind the beams of oncoming dipped headlights.

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Re: Vauxhall Astra headlights.

Post by Scotty_b » Wed Jul 03, 2019 4:53 pm

Some people on here would disagree.
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Re: Vauxhall Astra headlights.

Post by Bogbody » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:07 am

You dont "need" to drive fast on rural roads.
Speed limits are not targets.
Driving at the limit of your main beam on a rural road then switching to dip (because an inconsiderate road user is coming the other way) means that you then cant see far enough to match your excess speed.
And ... oops... you're in the ditch....

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