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author photo by Autotrader October 2010

A recent survey commissioned by Sylvania Automotive Lighting showed that half of American drivers want better visibility while driving at night. Many of the 1,014 respondents actually avoid driving in the dark because it is too difficult to see.

Extrapolate these figures to take in the whole country and “that’s 37 million people who won’t drive at night,” said Joe Verbanic, marketing manager for Sylvania. “And this isn’t limited to just older drivers. Half are under the age of 55. Driving at night is a stressful and uncomfortable experience for way too many of us.”

The research also found that: 51 percent of drivers would feel safer at night with brighter headlights; the majority of drivers aged 18 to 34 would feel safer; 45 percent of men wish they could see better at night while behind the wheel; 34 percent of respondents state inadequate headlights as the main reason for poor night visibility.

Uncertainty about night driving was higher among females, 57 percent wish they could see the road better at night. Women are twice as likely as men to avoid driving at night because of visibility issues.

Another consideration, according to the National Safety Council, is that 90 percent of a driver’s reaction depends on vision – which is severely limited at night. Depth perception, color and contrast detection, and peripheral vision are all compromised after sundown.

As a solution, Verbanic suggests taking simple precautionary measures to enhance visibility. He points out that headlamp bulbs can dim up to 20 percent in two years. Additionally, headlamp lenses can become hazy, but that’s also an easy fix. Lenses can be restored to optimum condition with a special kit.

Verbanic adds: “It is critical for drivers to have excellent visibility and are able to recognize hazards like debris, animals and, most importantly, pedestrians. Whiter, brighter headlights benefit all drivers and should become a staple for those who are either uncomfortable driving at night or could benefit from an improved field of vision.”

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