New daytime headlights can lead to safer driving

September 20, 2012 12:00 AM

Most people work to protect themselves when hitting the road in less-than-ideal conditions, such as when they drive in bad weather or at night.

However, statistics from the Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that less traffic accidents occur at night than during the day, when there are more vehicles and pedestrians on the roads. In order to combat these numbers, drivers should use the same diligence during the daylight hours as they do at other times, and one way to start is by using daytime running lights (DRLs).

DRLs, which are lit whenever a vehicle runs, have demonstrated prevention against daytime accidents. They low-cost lights make it easier to spot cars approaching at a distance and were found to cut down on daytime crashes by almost 11 percent.

Revamped headlights are changing the way people drive, but there are other tricks that can help to prevent accidents as well. The Hartford Courant touches on a new trend of "smart headlights," where the car adjusts the range and intensity of light depending on the conditions and traffic. One of the easiest ways to stay safe on the roads is to keep up vehicle maintenance, and inspect signal lamps, wiper blades and mirrors often. 

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