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    Switch Full Headlights on from 7pm onwards

    I picked up a good habit while driving at Singapore where it is mandatory and I notice it effectively helps avoid accidents, that is, switch on the headlights to full beam from 7pm onwards. Has anyone tried this move yet and find positive effects?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badaveil
    I picked up a good habit while driving at Singapore where it is mandatory and I notice it effectively helps avoid accidents, that is, switch on the headlights to full beam from 7pm onwards. Has anyone tried this move yet and find positive effects?
    yup, doing this since i was eighteen, very positive, u will be seen easier.
    (heavy thunderstorm at lunchtime also creates light-situation like 7 pm !!!!)
    europe going towards driving with light at daytimes, especially on highway i used to do it, gave it up here as too many ppl. got irritated, started waving like an emergency occured.... don't want anybody to bang the divider or fly off the highway coz of my lights.
    btw. i was told the light on shortens lifetime of battery don't the cars over here have alternators which are running the electric system when engine is on

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    Quote Originally Posted by expat1609
    .............btw. i was told the light on shortens lifetime of battery don't the cars over here have alternators which are running the electric system when engine is on
    Alternators memang ada. But it is still a drain on the battery .... from what I know.
    Nevertheless it is a good habit to have your lights on ..... well at least after 7pm.

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    Hmmm so funny, and I miss to understand why motorist are very reluctant to turn on lights, especially during rainy days, darker clouds, late evening (like 7 pm), or for that matter anytime during driving.

    During my younger days like 20 yrs ago, I used ride my bike headlight on every single time (day/night), my friends and bypasses, who either gives me you know…that stare (macam orang bodoh atau buta)! Or hand twinkle signal saying the headlights are on.

    Many years later, when gomen made it mandatory…I just laughed at them…till today, when I visit my old friends, sure to share and kenakan depa balik…

    When I started driving I continued the same…having the headlights on…they just couldn’t believe the value of turning it on during daytime. Many studies and statistics had proven, that having the headlights on during daytime, assisted in reducing accidents.

    Same states in US and Canada its mandatory…so the lights are fixed to ignition, when you start your car, it turn on automatically. All the commercial vehicle in States is mandated to have the lights on at all time. Its only matter of time, before they make it mandate here…hope its soon…so my humble request, pls turn it on…you are not going to reduce the lifespan of the battery, because battery life is measure by number of cranks (stop/start) although its proportionally related to life of the battery on the usage hours, but its insignificant. The only thing that would have shortened lifespan probably is your light bulbs, but they are generally design to last long. I have been driving for such a long time, never had any problem either with batteries or headlights just for using it day/night.

    SO again turn on your vehicle's headllights...it saves life!

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    I think most people even forgot that 7pm [in Pen. Malaysia] is actually 7:30pm.

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    The thing is, gomen should play a bigger role, rather than just criticizing the motorist, yes the fault is on the commuters, human comes in many forms and it aint easy to take a cane go after each individual...(which is the gomens think...but its not going to work).

    In US, cars could come with full connection of headlight to ignition switch, or optionally they offer night sensor, so when it darken, immaterial of time, could be due to darker sky, or hurricane, the lights turns on automatically even my rear view mirror had night sensor in it to dim high beam headlights glare.

    Its not that I'm angkatting (exalting) US, but just trying to show how the gomen there works, inwhich our gomen staff do go down to States to do some studies, but I havent seen anything implmented..?!!!

    It seems they are having good honeymoon there ;-((

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    Quote Originally Posted by badaveil
    I picked up a good habit while driving at Singapore where it is mandatory and I notice it effectively helps avoid accidents, that is, switch on the headlights to full beam from 7pm onwards. Has anyone tried this move yet and find positive effects?
    I would find high or full beam rude or ill mannered for the driver in the front, wont it be distracting and blinding, afterall our street and higway lights are sufficently bright.

    I find it very irritating when drivers flash their high beam when eager to overtake.

    TQ

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    Well...with the cost of fuel skyrocketting and this have to come on bright tropical daylight....what would be the impact to the dwindling oil sources and increased emmision to the environment. Each pair of headlight + tailight + others easily gulps up to 350 to 500 watts of electricity. I do not have to tell where these generated power comes from. Multiply with average 500000 vehicles on the road...n..my my...complain about air polution? Some will always say its a small price to pay....

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