Driving at night

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jvr

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738 posts

195 months

Monday 18th November
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I find more difficult as years pass,narrow roads bright headlights/laser beams coming towards you, also while looking for pot holes.
It's just hard work.
I'm sure years ago nightime was lighter!
What sort of age are people starting to find it more difficult?
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Xcore

487 posts

38 months

Monday 18th November
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Probably around 75.

xjay1337

13,134 posts

66 months

Monday 18th November
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I think it degrades over time.

Eat your carrots.
Keep your headlights and windscreen (inside and out) clean.
Look at the inside curb if you're being blinded by oncoming traffic.


Plate spinner

13,672 posts

148 months

Monday 18th November
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Agreed, unfortunately for some it’s part of getting older... I wear glasses for night driving now. But agree that glare seems to be worse than it was. Not sure though if it’s age or car headlights are so much brighter. I find if an SUV it coming towards on the crest of a hill it’s almost temporarily blinding.

Davie

3,000 posts

163 months

Monday 18th November
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Also agree.

I'm not old, middle aged really but driving at night definitely seems harder especially with wet roads and ever increasingly intense oncoming headlights. Though I am getting better... by that I mean for a good few months I hardly drove in the dark given the long summer days so the first time I did, it felt a big odd. I hasten to add, I drive a lot and it's now dark at 4pm so you get back into the swing of it pretty quickly. Though I do find myself being far more focused than I once was, ie there seems to be more challenges to contend with and that can be tiring. Anybody want a boiled sweet?

Plate spinner

13,672 posts

148 months

Monday 18th November
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Ooh Werthers originals? Don’t mind if I do old bean.

MC Bodge

11,648 posts

123 months

Monday 18th November
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It is the often harsh, unnecessarily intense, headlights and harsh LED streetlights.

When wet it is awful.

I'm only 42 and have no trouble with my eyes.

My auto dimming rear view mirror is almost constantly dimmed when I have cars behind me.


Edited by MC Bodge on Monday 18th November 22:51

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546 posts

102 months

Monday 18th November
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37 here.

I agree re modern bright lights and led streetlights.

Probably doesn't help that cars are bigger as well.

Remember driving at night in early 00's - bright xenons were a sign of a high end merc or unmarked police omega!


Edited by Previous on Tuesday 19th November 18:01

Wills2

16,230 posts

123 months

Monday 18th November
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It's not great on unlit b roads. especially with the sheer number of raised cars (SUV style) on the roads it feels like the beams are pointing straight at your eyes, as has been said look to the inside white line and if in doubt....flat out.


MC Bodge

11,648 posts

123 months

Monday 18th November
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Wills2 said:
It's not great on unlit b roads. especially with the sheer number of raised cars (SUV style) on the roads it feels like the beams are pointing straight at your eyes, as has been said look to the inside white line and if in doubt....flat out.

It shouldn't really be like this, though.

We have gone backwards.

jvr

Original Poster:

738 posts

195 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Just bought some of those yellow tint lenses for glasses to see if that helps
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Zetec-S

3,258 posts

41 months

Tuesday 19th November
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39 here, and have to admit I'm not so keen at night these days. It's worse when the clocks change, it usually takes a week or 2 to get used to regular night driving.

CanAm

4,841 posts

220 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Back in the 1960s I read an article about a proposed major improvement to headlights. A polarising filter would be fitted to headlights and windscreens would also have polarised glass, but at a 90°angle to the lights. Drivers would see everything illuminated by the lights (because the reflected light is no longer polarised) but light coming directly from the headlights would be vastly reduced.

If you want to see how this works, hold another polarised lens in front of your glasses and rotate it; when it's at 90° it's virtually black.

I assume it was too expensive unfortunately.

Johnnytheboy

18,830 posts

134 months

Tuesday 19th November
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46 and I find lights more dazzling for sure. I assume this is in part down to my eyes, but in part down to horrible modern headlights.

I predict this thread will include the killer "hand in your driving licence" in a page or two.

I've often wondered if the DVLA have a special dept. devoted to receiving the licences of people who are respodning to commands from others on the internet to hand their licences in; it must happen a lot!

BrettMRC

1,076 posts

108 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I'm not old, barely middle aged - but depending on what I am driving, night time travel can be really hard.

Best so far - Merc c350e with it's super duper intelligent lighting system.... it does what it says on the tin and I can actually see stuff.
2nd best - 1992 Lexus/Toyota Soarer.

Surprisingly good - 1985 Mazda 929L and the '94 LS400.

Worst ever - 1st and 2nd generation Mazda Rx7's... the lights do nothing - literally nothing, and you are low enough to be lit up by everything else even when they are on dipped beams.


The real issue I see these days are poor maintained lights, or muppets who fit bulbs upside down - gives the oncoming motorist no chance at all.

greenarrow

1,807 posts

65 months

Tuesday 19th November
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MC Bodge said:
Wills2 said:
It's not great on unlit b roads. especially with the sheer number of raised cars (SUV style) on the roads it feels like the beams are pointing straight at your eyes, as has been said look to the inside white line and if in doubt....flat out.

It shouldn't really be like this, though.

We have gone backwards.
Definitely car lights on moderns are a problem, great for the driver, terrible for those coming the other way...

..and we've definitely gone backwards in many ways. A lot of the modern tech is I think a hindrance to driving and not necessary. My old school analogue Ford Focus highlights the failings of these moderns.... small wheels (and cheap tyres), great ride quality, -feel-some steering, responsive n/a engine. Also the lack of those annoying "driver aids".... auto lights, auto wipers, collision awareness, lane assist. You just don't need them if you're a competent and half awake driver!

Mr MXT

7,135 posts

231 months

Tuesday 19th November
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jvr said:
I find more difficult as years pass,narrow roads bright headlights/laser beams coming towards you, also while looking for pot holes.
It's just hard work.
I'm sure years ago nightime was lighter!
What sort of age are people starting to find it more difficult?
P
When did you last have your eyes tested?

Not just prescription, but high intra ocular pressure can really affect your night vision.

Moos3h

107 posts

130 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Properly clean the windscreen inside and out - if it's scratched, replace it and use those yellow glasses. Much better!

Dr Interceptor

5,595 posts

144 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I'm 36 and am starting to struggle with night driving. The glare is just blinding.

Must get an eye check booked in.

Torquey

1,693 posts

176 months

Tuesday 19th November
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37 here and its less pleasant than 10 years ago. I have no problem with older cars with halogen bulbs though.

I also use my full beam a lot more, now more than ever in streets with poor LED streets lights.

Don't know if its my eyes or LED's/HID's