This may be considered a pet peave of mine, and I have shared comments about it before.
I made a trip to Cassville this morning in the rain; and I noticed many folks driving without their headlights on; not even park lights, or any kind of light.
Let me get this straight in my mind, and maybe in yours too. I know you can see; after all it is daylight, the sun is up. I know you can see because you are smart enough to know not to drive if you cannot see.
I know you can see; but can you be seen? Headlights on enable the oncoming driver to see you. Seeing you in the distance in case he/she might be following a slower drive he/she might need to get around.
Some of you use your automatic on, but do you know when the light is bright enough, as it is quite often when it is raining, they do not come on automatically. You must switch the switch to the on position.
I am sharing this because it is a great safety issue in driving our cars and trucks on the roads and highways. Let me suggest one thing; use your headlight switch. Not only is it a good idea to drive with headlights on in the rain, snow, sleet, fog, and the dark. It is also the State law in the State of Missouri. If your windshield wipers are on you must have your headlights on.
The next time you get in your car or truck to drive, and it is raining, turn on your headlights. It could save someone’s life; even your own.
From the banks of Flat Creek,
This is just going to be a short reminder to those who drive the highways of our land. It is important that you be seen when you are on the highways driving a motorized vehicle. Some evidently do not realize how dangerous it is when they cannot be seen by other motorists.
Just this past Saturday morning near my place of dwelling, it was foggy, I was making a left turn into a gas station when all of the sudden there was a F150 pickup which did not have any headlights on. I made a quick and sudden decision and sharply and quickly got back into may lane, and there was no accident; thank the good Lord. The funny thing about this is the man driving the Ford pickup was some one that I know. I did not find that out until this morning when I entered the bus garage, before driving my bus route for the morning.
When we are on the highways we need to be as visible as we can possibly be. Safe driving is no accident. I do not claim to be the safest driver on the road, however, there are things which I endeavor to do which helps me to be more visible, and one of them is turning headlights on in the fog, even when it is light out. It is also wise to turn on headlights during cloudy days and rainy ones. Another time to have them on is at least thirty minutes before sunset, or sooner, and have them on up until at least thirty minutes after sunrise. It is a wise thing to even keep them on when driving long distances day or night. It is especially helpful when you drive a dark colored, and some other colors of car.
Better to arrive alive, than to the morgue dead. That is for you or the other driver.
-Tim A. Blankenship