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Headlights On - PLEASE
by Richard Lee King   
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011

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This is an article that I wrote for my my local newspaper; however I’m sure that the idiots who seem to insist upon driving without their headlights at dusk, dawn or during a rain storm are not all located here in Florida. For that reason, I thought it might be beneficial to also post the article here on the Den.

 

 
HEADLIGHTS ON PLEASE
 
People, who don’t turn on their headlights at dawn, or dusk, or during rain storms, anger me. That’s really not the word that I wanted to use, but I’m trying to be nice here by keeping it clean.  
 
Seriously though, some people just don’t seem to grasp the concept that turning on their headlights makes them easier to be seen. It’s not a matter of them being able to see.  This is for their safety as well as the safety of everyone else. Maybe they can see me, but what if I can’t see them? 
 
I live in the sunny south and especially down here in Florida, there are lots of people in my age bracket (and well beyond) still driving.  BREAKING NEWS!   WE DON’T SEE AS WELL AS WE ONCE DID!  Not only that, but OUR REFLEXES AREN’T QUITE AS QUICK AS THEY ONCE WERE.  I and most of them (maybe we should amend that to many of them) are still very capable drivers, but given the obvious, why would you not want to give yourself every possible opportunity to avoid getting smacked by someone like me. 
 
Mostly, I’d just like someone to explain to me what the benefit is for not turning on your headlights.  Do they think they’re saving on their battery?  Do they think they’ll be getting better gas mileage?  Just what possible benefit do they derive from not turning them on and is it anywhere near as valuable as the lives they put in danger?   When I see some idiot driving without their lights on when we all know it’s time that they should be, rather than flash my lights off and on, which is what I’ve done for years, I now hit them with my bright lights.  You’d be surprised how often their bright lights hit me right back. Mission accomplished.  
 
And what about the idiots who turn on only their parking lights?  Please!  Someone tell me just why would they do that?  Obviously they realized it was time for lights, but why only their parking lights?  (And by the way, they are called “PARKING LIGHTS” for a reason.)   They aren’t parking, they aren’t saving on their battery, or getting better gas mileage and if they are, it’s certainly not enough to take the chance of some old fart like me hitting them, is it?    I’m begging for somebody to please explain that one to me…..   Seriously, if there is a legitimate explanation, I’d really like to hear it. I’m old, but I’m still open minded and I’m very willing to learn something new.
 
People!!!!  Listen to me!!!  When it rains, or when it starts to get dark, or early in the morning when all us old farts think we absolutely have to be out there on the road during your rush to get to, or from work, please turn on your damn headlights, so we don’t run your ass down. 
 
Oh, and while we’re on the subject,,,,,    .....our hearing has gotten bad too,,,,,  you might just as well lay off the damn horn.  Besides, all that horn blowing is wasting your battery life too.  Save the energy from all that horn blowing and turn your damn lights on.
 
This article is by Richard Lee King.....  All rights are hereby waved, please pass it on.
 

 

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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/19/2011
Great article, Richard....thank goodness on newer model cars the lights come on automatically when dusk falls....

Anna
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/19/2011
A good article, well penned.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/18/2011
A lot of cars now have either a lite sensor or just automatically run the lights at all times. I suppose it puts a load on the alternator which nowadays costs a small fortune. Still cheaper than the emergency room. Patrick
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 4/15/2011
Too bad all headlights don't come on automatically at dusk,dawn, and when the wipers are turned on. Patten that idea. Make a million or two.

Donna
Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 4/14/2011
Like your article, Richard....I think part of the problem is that a lot of older drivers (me included)either don't like to admit, or ar too proud to admit, that our eyesight and reflexes are not what they once were. It's a matter of stupid pride or conceding to the inevitable. Pride's not worth it. I think it also has to do with "senior moments", distraction or whatever.

Still no excuse. And if you're reading this, are not and old fart, and are guilty, you are doubly responsible.

Chip Bergeron











































































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