Drivers are being blinded by the headlights of modern vehicles and finally it’s been recognised.
According to an RAC survey two-thirds of drivers admit they are “regularly dazzled” by oncoming headlights even though they are dipped.
The RAC had asked 2,061 motorists.
Frighteningly, almost 70 per cent said it takes up to five seconds for their sight to come back with another 10 per cent saying they can be blinded for up to 10 seconds.
And the RAC says that the advances in headlight technology are to blame. c
About 15% of those drivers polled said they had nearly crashed because of being dazzled by other drivers using full-beam headlights.
RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “The intensity and brightness of some new car headlights is clearly causing difficulty for other road users.
“Headlight technology has advanced considerably in recent years, but while that may be better for the drivers of those particular vehicles, it is presenting an unwanted, new road safety risk for anyone driving towards them or even trying to pull out at a junction.”
All cars sold for road use in the UK have to be fitted with headlamps that conform to standards set by the EU in line with the UN’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations.
A UN working party is currently looking at the issue of headlight glare with its next meeting to be held at the end of next month.