So When SHOULD You Drive With Headlights On? It’s More Often Than You Think!

Knowing when to use your low-beam headlights is all about safety…  Forget the rules that you’ve seen in state drivers manuals; regrettably they are seriously inadequate on quite a few important topics!

A road sign / traffic sign in Massachusetts, advising drivers to keep headlights on at all times.
See?  It’s official:  Headlights on at all times for safety!  Unfortunately, this sign in Massachusetts applies only to one section of a single road. (Nevada has more.) However, the advice it gives is actually true everywhere and at all times.  (Copyright image, 2017.)

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Roadside Safety for U.S. Law Enforcement Officers

One area of great concern to us at Road Safety USA is the welfare of state troopers and other emergency services personnel at traffic stops and highway incidents.  In the interests of full disclosure, the writer of this post is himself a retired traffic patrol police officer.

State police officer doing a traffic stop at night and nearly impossible to see until the last moment because he was not wearing a reflective jacket or vest.
A state trooper in significantly greater danger through the lack of reflective garments. As is so often the case, the flashing lights on the patrol vehicle were seriously dazzling, and the officer was effectively invisible until the last moments.  (Copyright image, 2017.)

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