Discussion in 'Safety First!' started by Sambikap, Feb 23, 2012.
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High Beams are meant for visibility in bad conditions and are meant to be used for a brief period to get better visibility. If we have the time and resources to hear and rule on Sun Films, I wonder why someone cannot initiate and make a timer on these high beams mandatory. I mean, program the electronics in the car to switch to low beams automatically after 15 seconds of continuous high beam usage and prevent usage of high beams for the next 5 seconds. Arre bhai, seedhi ungli se ghee nai nikelthi.
PatchyBoy - I agree with your first statement, but don't think technology ought to be used to solve a behavioural issue!
The root cause of the problem is that as a nation, we are not very accommodating of our fellow-road users. As a driving community, we have excellent skills, can squeeze through situations that nobody else would risk and manage with our poor road infrastructure which, if it were in any developed country, would have left their cities paralyzed. But we manage and adapt to such an environment with ease.
One of the root causes is that we issue licenses based on capability, not on the higher-level aspect of behaviour and attitude on the road. We also don't have a very clear way to get road manners into young drivers heads. Most of us learn at car driving schools which teach bad habits with confidence.
To illustrate, a key part of the practical driving test in the UK is about evaluating your road manners and about your hazard perception -- are you actively looking out for things that can come in front of your vehicle and cause an accident? Are you a defensive driver? 3 minor mistakes and you fail and have to reapply for the driving test -- a minor mistake could be that you didn't check your mirrors before turning on the indicator, let alone switch lanes!
However, to be fair, the problem of using the high-beam + fog lights + day-time driving lights is more a city phenomenon. Out on the open highway, 90% of the vehicles will acknowledge your request to dip the beam. The professionals who drive day in and day out know what a difference that act can make to mutual safety.
BTW... Even if the manufacturers put in a timer, we would end up pulling the stalk and getting the high-beam on again
Would love to hear your thoughts...
The problem is awareness and enforcement. There is a law that usage of high beams in city is illegal, but most people are not aware and the enforcement agencies are not bothered much.
I hold driving licenses of Australia and the US of A. I know how tough it is to get a license overseas. The licensing policy in India is a joke. Pulling up the stalk was anticipated and hence the suggestion to disable for the next 5 seconds. It will be really hard for the driver to switch on high beam and then when it goes off after 15 seconds then wait for 5 seconds and then switch it on again and the hope is that they will eventually learn to drive on low beam.
Alternately, the vehicles must be configured to switch on high beam only with the stalk pulled up. It will be really tough for people to drive while holding the stalk up perpetually. I agree that using technology is not the solution to a behavioral problem, but given a choice to opt to do the right thing or the wrong thing, most people seem to choose to do the wrong thing. So, if they do not want to do it themselves, I believe using technology to make them do it is justified.
its Really sad to tell that people lack sense in driving... today i almost saved my car getting ditched by a SUV :-( its raining heavily here i took a turn and was moving up the cliff slowly its a narrow road and visibility is 60% suddenly a white fortuner is coming down the road with high speed it appeared as if its falling on me from top.. aaaaaaahh couldnt see much flashing his high beam lights never bothered to slow down.. he honked at me wildly and passed through...
Must have been a cab driver in the Fortuner....
If you are totally unsure about the road ahead, slow down completely and let the opposite guy pass. who knows may be you were just saved from a drunken driver.
Disagree. Please do not blame one category of drivers alone. There are rude drivers everywhere. Do you think all well learned IT professionals are aware of the opposite driver's pain?
true Morons come in all forms. It essentially neednt be a cab driver. I see people [IT folks] with their high beams on inside the tech park i am working in.
Totally agree with you for this clash81.... We can't help such type of people...
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