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Blinded by the light

By Linda Caffee
Posted Jan 25th 2019 5:26AM

The new headlights are extremely bright and when the oncoming LED lights are on bright they are blinding.  When entering a construction zone and all of the working lights are on we are blinded at the worst possible moments.  Coming up on emergency vehicles the warning flashing lights hide everyone that is working from the oncoming vehicles.

My driving shift starts at 3:00 am and while there is usually not a lot of traffic and the sky is pitch black.  I wonder sometimes since there is not much traffic if the bright lights seem brighter as there are no other lights around to drown them out.

What is the deal with people coming up on you (usually a car) in the fast lane and before they pass you they flash their bright lights?  Too many times this is when I look in my mirrors to see how close they are and my eyes get blinded by the reflection of their bright lights.  Now they are going to pass me while my eyes are adjusting to being bombarded with light when it is very dark out. 

Approached an accident or a vehicle that has been pulled over and the emergency vehicles lights are all flashing I move over into the other lane and still have a hard time seeing.  It is much easier when the emergency lights are focused forward onto the car they have stopped as those that need to see can see and those that need to be blinded are blinded.  Much safer for all of us.

Road construction is another tough drive as the jersey barriers get tighter and the road gets narrower the lights get brighter.  The workers are able to work in light that is probably brighter than during the day but at the same time, the vehicles driving by can barely see the roadway.

I often wonder how long it will be before my eyes start having problems?  How long can they stand the flash of bright lights or the construction bright lights that are aimed wrong?  As of right now, the eye doctor says my eyes are fine and no sign of cataracts or any problems.  I am happy to have that clean bill of health on my eyes but when someone flashes their lights to pass me I sure get irritated at them as they hasten my eyes to having problems. 

Bob & Linda Caffee

TeamCaffee

Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005

linda.caffee8@gmail.com

 

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