Heads Up for Headlights!


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A red toy car sits in diorama snow, with a blurred out snowy city in the background.

Jackson Ayres, Webmaster

With a screech of the tires, the car came to a stop. They didn’t see the other car… The headlights weren’t on. How were they supposed to see it? There was a moment of panic and a crash, but the driver was unsure of the state of the others. He got out of his car.

With winter coming up to Colorado, adverse conditions can affect drivers greatly. Especially those without headlights on. Car headlights allow drivers to see other vehicles in the dark and in bad conditions. According to the Road Management Program, there were 1,258,978 crashes from 2005-2014 due to adverse conditions alone. Insurance companies are more likely to blame a car without headlights on during an event than those with headlights. Drivers are trained to search for vehicle headlights during adverse conditions, not a car.  Especially with a neutral paint job, such as grey, it makes a vehicle all the more likely to crash. For poor conditions, the DMV recommends that someone is prepared with emergency gear such as: a medical kit, tire chains, gloves, pants, coat, and rubber gloves. They recommend planning for the type of trip you are taking (if you expect snow, pack accordingly). They also say that drivers must use common sense and slow down. After making sure no vehicles are around, stop suddenly to test conditions. This gives a driver a better sense of vehicle following space and stop times, with can inform them to maintain a longer following distance. Headlights can mean the difference between getting hit, or simply getting honked at during adverse conditions.

Winter is a great time, especially for younger people, as it allows them a relaxation time and fun in the snow. For high schoolers and adults, it’s still fun, however it can pose more risk when using a vehicle. Stay safe this year, and be sure to look for vehicles.