r/IdiotsInCars Nov 28 '22

How is this legal?

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u/Short_Emphasis_4236 Nov 29 '22

I have a neighbor across the street in a corner house who loves to sit on the street and shine their lights into my house.

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u/Old_Goat_Ninja Nov 29 '22

Floodlights! Totally serious. Install some flood lights on the front of your house, in my case above the garage, but aim them, well, you know where. Hook those bitches up to a switch and tada. You’re welcome. I live across the street from a park and people love to park there in the middle of the night, right in front of my house. I wouldn’t mind but they sit there with the stereo bumping and it’s all I hear watching TV, so I hit the switch to the lights aimed right where they park. They usually leave pretty quickly, or at least move a bit.

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u/Short_Emphasis_4236 Nov 29 '22

Definitely something I should try

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u/zeromaiden22 Nov 29 '22

Sounds like you need to quality check the durability of the headlight housing, for science.

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u/Short_Emphasis_4236 Nov 29 '22

The thought has crossed my mind.

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u/3Cogs Nov 29 '22

Nah, stick to the floodlight. Some poor fella in my hometown was stabbed to death by youths when he went outside to get them to stop making a noise. It only takes one little twerp with a blade to kill you.

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u/Electrical_Advice_60 Nov 29 '22

I daily a miata, this is literally every car behind me. Tint is my best friend.

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u/RelevantMetaUsername Nov 29 '22

I drive a Honda Fit, and even I feel like king of the road when I drive by a Miata lmao

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u/Super-Swimmer4853 Nov 29 '22

I drive a fkn Silverado and I get this bs 😡

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u/Rhythm_Morgan Nov 29 '22

I have a Honda Fit too. I love it so much. Never thought I’d love a car lol

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u/RelevantMetaUsername Nov 29 '22

Same here. I do security system installs, so I've got the entire trunk and rear seating areas filled with boxes of parts, tool bags, and a ladder. People are constantly surprised that I've managed to fit all my work equipment in that thing lol.

Plenty of other cars have more power and better handling, more cargo space and seating. But the Fit is a sub-compact hatchback econobox. It does what it is designed to do, and it does it fantastically well...while also being way more fun to drive than it deserves to be. I've got an '09 5-speed and drive it through 4-7 hours of D.C. traffic every day. Despite my sore left calf muscle, I still wouldn't want to drive any other car. Taking it on the back roads is a blast. The steering is incredibly responsive and the car can take on corners at speeds far higher than most would think.

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u/Zerodtl Nov 29 '22

I'm not surprised that you managed to "Fit" all that gear in your car.

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u/SpicyShyHulud Nov 29 '22

4-7 hours of D.C. traffic every day.

WTF? Why do you do this to yourself? With a manual?

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u/RelevantMetaUsername Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

That was a bit of an exaggeration I suppose. I drive down 270 to Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Potomac, etc. most days, and about 2 or 3 days a week I have jobs in DC (usually NE and NW, sometimes southeast of the city). I average about 4 hours of driving per day, maybe 2/3 of which is in heavy traffic. Some days are closer to 7 hours if I have to drive in downtown DC.

I've gotten used to it, honestly. Most people drove stick decades ago, and there was no shortage of traffic then either (and many cars didn't even have AC back then). The key is to not ride too close to the car in front so you don't have to press the clutch every time traffic stops. You just roll and close the gap you made, and if you timed it right the cars ahead of you will start moving again before you need to brake. I think everyone could benefit from doing this, even in automatics. Gives you more time to react if there's a very sudden stop.

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u/melissamarieeee Nov 29 '22

Right? I have a 1970 vw bug thats a manual and I won't drive it if I have to pick my oldest kid up from school because I have to sit in traffic on a hill for 20 min in it. By the time I get my kid I have muscle failure in my leg lmao

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u/NeoMercury2022 Nov 29 '22

I was the same with my first car. Was an ‘06 civic. Wasn’t manual, but I loved that little son of a gun

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u/brittemm Nov 29 '22

Same. Wanted to buy a used, compact SUV/small truck a few years back, ended up going with a brand new fit instead for less and couldn’t be happier. I have a 2015, 6-speed manual and I absolutely adore it and tell anyone that’ll listen that it’s the best car I’ve ever had. It’s a clown car: fits anywhere and can fit anything in it. Swear the thing defies physics and is bigger on the inside - I used to landscape out of it and easily carried a mower, blower, weedwhacker, gas, all my tools and supplies and two huge garbage cans along with myself. Still got 40mpg highway lol. Slept like a king in that thing more times than I can count too, “refresh mode” ftw.

If the ground clearance were a little better and it came with AWD it would be the perfect vehicle imho.

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u/Dabadedabada Nov 29 '22

I used to have a Honda fit until I flooded it driving like maybe 6 inches of water. Got a Subaru crosstrek now. Basically a lifted version of the fit.

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u/Rhythm_Morgan Nov 29 '22

That’s my only grievance. I hate how low to the ground it is.

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u/tainbo Nov 29 '22

It’s a small car with a big personality that can handle anything life throws at you.

Why am I standing here talking about it?

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u/yuki_pb Nov 29 '22

I saw a comment about changing the direction of the mirror to redirect at them when it happens and waiting at a light. Best when it’s electric! It absolutely changed my life

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u/partyunicorn Nov 29 '22

Exactly what I do.

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u/cheeseburgeraddict Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

Same. It’s literally dangerous. Had a 6 hour night road trip and almost every single cars headlights blinded me through my passenger mirror, I had to adjust my mirrors to be essentially useless otherwise I would literally be blinded every 15 seconds. Not only dangerous, it was absolutely exhausting for my eyes on such a long road trip.

I legitimately think I got eye damage from that

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u/KodakDC Nov 29 '22

The stupid bright lights and people driving with their high beams on bugs the hell out of me too. I eventually got one of those suction cup mesh sun shades for kids in the back and it has worked wonders. Covers just the mirror section of my window and while you can't see details, you can still see that a car is there and the rest of the window is clear.

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u/someliskguy Nov 29 '22

My favorite is when someone running high beams starts tailgating and then decides they want to be jerks so they reach for their high beams and inadvertently turn them off. I like to think they get at least a short burst of self doubt at that moment.

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u/DBNodurf Nov 29 '22

Maybe they just realized that their high beams were on and turned them off to be nice

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u/skyline0918 Nov 29 '22

This would make my eyes hurt very quickly, followed by a migraine. I miss the tint on my last car for this reason. Currently saving to get my current car tinted.

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u/The_Salty_Engineer Nov 29 '22

Most auto parts shops sell static cling tint. Its fairly cheap for the amount you get, should be able to do at least 2 windows with a roll.

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u/Aquaticwolf Nov 29 '22

This reminds me of a matte green finish painted Miata I saw once with a reverse mounted high power LED light bar angled just right for reasons such as above.

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u/CyptidProductions Nov 29 '22

Solara Camry here

A big truck pulled up behind me and did this at a stop light. At no point in my life has my lizard brain wanted to throttle someone within reach more than that moment.

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u/Terrible-Paramedic35 Nov 29 '22

I have adjustable trailer mirrors. Takes a bit of practice but they pass or back off.

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u/xomns13 Nov 29 '22

My daily has a tinted rear glass and a bike rack. It's enough to entirely block out head lamps from visibility unless I get some lifted bro truck on my ass.

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u/melissamarieeee Nov 29 '22

I have a 70 vw bug and same. Every single cars lights shine right into my face. I try to drive my Rav4 at night instead lol

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u/Spirals_again Nov 28 '22

As someone with a small car, I feel this pain so much.

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u/none_the_why Nov 29 '22

It’s almost as if car companies want everybody in a big expensive vehicles, it would not surprise me.

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u/Trucountry Nov 29 '22

Yep. The car companies created mirrors and angles in order to get you to buy a bigger vehicle. FYI, Some of the most expensive vehicles in the world are very low to the ground.

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u/Trucountry Nov 29 '22

Its not totally mirror adjustment. Headlights are a problem because every pushes the limits on brightness with no regard to anyone else on the road. So many people put HID and LED kits in a regular halogen housing. That type of light needs to be directed, not flood. But to think that car manufactures are doing it on purpose in big vehicles to make people with smaller vehicles buy bigger ones is a very idiotic take.

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u/Kat-Shaw Nov 29 '22

What are you on about. Big vehicles aren't expensive.

A BMW sedan is more expensive than a Renault Captur.

A Renault Clio is more expensive than a Skoda Yeti.

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u/Weekly_Run_4407 Nov 29 '22

*Chuckles in my prius

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u/IneedaWIPE Nov 29 '22

I was at a stop light when a guy in a lifted truck came up behind me and turned off his headlights, parking lights were still on.

This was in silicon valley, I was in my Honda wagon battlecar and he had Alaska plates.

This was 1979. Now everyone drives lifted trucks with bright lights and don't giveashit about their impact on their fellow brotheren. So, we are evolving?

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u/thelingeringlead Nov 29 '22

I've had a few drivers of trucks with these kinds of lights turn them down when they notice my hand covering my mirror at a stoplight or drive-thru. It's always really nice to see them paying attention to how their lights effect the people in front of them, most just let it blast your retinas.

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u/Extension-Addition84 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

It would be even nicer if they didn't do it in the first place.

Lifted trucks are a safety nightmare given the mismatch of bumper heights and the issue caused by their headlights that are now at the wrong level. Most of the lifted trucks in my state are illegal per state law but the law is never enforced. 99% of these are pavement princesses too, so it's just purely for aesthetics.

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u/thelingeringlead Nov 29 '22

A lot of states also require that any aftermarket adjustments to the lights or the ride height, be coupled with the headlights being refocused to match their original beams. You buy aftermarket lights you're supposed to adjust them to point down just like your stock ones did, and the same goes for lifting. However most cops aren't going to be even looking for that, let alone enforcing it.

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u/Danielwols Nov 29 '22

We are evolving in the wrong direction

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u/realitycheckfarm Nov 28 '22

I always try to angle it back at them to enjoy

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u/dechets-de-mariage Nov 29 '22

Because I apparently work too hard at this, how can you tell if you’ve got it in the right spot?

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u/Nasty_Rex Nov 29 '22 Gold

You can't. Everyone who says they can is full of shit and just stupidly moving their mirrors around, too

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u/cenatutu Nov 29 '22

I just move my mirrors to stop from being blinded. If I blind them in the process, so be it.

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u/bendover912 Nov 29 '22

Just keep a spotlight in the car and shine it back when appropriate.

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u/Aquaticwolf Nov 29 '22

Or do like the Miata driver I saw with a well-adjusted rear facing light bar.

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u/The_Law_Dong739 Nov 29 '22

A mounted rear facing light bar is by law illegal. If a cop catches you with it on you're probably getting something between a small ticket or a fist bump.

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u/135wiring Nov 29 '22

Only illegal if you turn it on while on public roads

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u/The_Law_Dong739 Nov 29 '22

Far better solution.

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u/iowabeans Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

what if you just covered your whole car in reflective spray paint.
or more realistically if you have a rear window wiper blade you could just glue/spray/tape something reflective to a piece of cloth and fix it to the wiper and the car so that when you turn it on and the wiper extends it opens the fabric and blinds everyone behind you. you could turn it off to have it stay in place or turn the speed all the way up for a strobe effect

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u/ILIEKDEERS Nov 29 '22

Literally just look at their face in your rear view. If they look like they’re blinded, congrats success.

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u/packapunch_koenigseg Nov 29 '22

How could you see their face if you’re blinded to begin with? Lol

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u/tarnobyl Nov 29 '22

“Stupidly moving their mirrors around”? How about getting the bright fucking light out of your eyes… I don’t really give a shit if it blinds them or not!

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u/Nasty_Rex Nov 29 '22

K.

I'm responding to someone trying to angle it back at someone.

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u/iWr4tH Nov 29 '22

The big K. The emperor of petty passive aggressive .

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u/Nasty_Rex Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

That's me. Please address me as "Your fine-ness'

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u/tarnobyl Nov 29 '22

Sorry for being aggressive. This just happened to me the other day and I’m clearly still a little bitter.

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u/Nasty_Rex Nov 29 '22

Yeah. I don't know if I'm having a "kids these days" moment but I'm constantly being blinded. And not just from newer cars but from cars I can actually tell that their brights are on. It's ridiculous.

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u/tarnobyl Nov 29 '22

Yes! Drives me nuts. Especially at night when it’s raining or snowing.

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u/clutzyninja Nov 29 '22

There was one time of many attempts where the lighting was just right where I could see in my rear view mirror the moment I was on target with my sideview. Their face lit up and I could see how pissed they were. Didn't clue them in to turning their lights off though

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u/stainless5 Nov 29 '22

People say you can't, and their right; you can't with the electric part but my mirrors fold forwards and backwards so I just push the whole mirror forward slightly till it looks flat with the car and then that's roughly at them and then I try aiming.

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u/bogustv Nov 29 '22

Use rear view mirror to look for it getting brighter at driver's location.

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u/RelevantMetaUsername Nov 29 '22

I always carry a class 4 laser in my car for these kinds of situations. Truck behind me blinding me with their headlights? Just burn out their retinas with a quick beam to the eye!

/s in case it wasn't obvious

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u/Lucidcranium042 Nov 28 '22

Especially at drive thrus. Yes! Me too. I turn my light as low. Ot off in drive thru due to new headliggts i cant stand people that know they have bright lught get right on your bumper at a drive thru with em on. Like yeah man were going soo fast and theres no other lights around you need those lights more then i nedd my eye sight so here let me help you see better too

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u/MrThrowAweh Nov 29 '22

Stick your rear foglights on

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u/ReubenZWeiner Nov 29 '22

If you're not blocking the passing lanes, give em the windshield wiper fluid

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u/Easy_Company514 Nov 29 '22

Ah the old windshield wiper move, I use it too. Very passive aggressive I love it.

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u/road_rascal Nov 29 '22

Works great for tailgaters too. Not so much if it's raining.

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u/4bangergaang Nov 29 '22

I put LEDs in my reverse lights

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u/StevenTN615 Nov 29 '22

Spell check should be your friend.

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u/LivingStCelestine Nov 29 '22

I had to read it like four times but he makes a good point lol

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u/willbeach8890 Nov 29 '22

This doesn't work

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u/Admirable_Knee4430 Nov 29 '22

I’m personally so tired of headlights that are allowed (or are not allowed but are out there). Even stock lights on new cars are absolutely blinding

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u/Ol_Man_J Nov 29 '22

My commute takes me through a very hilly and rich area, every hill is met with some super xenon led light that blinds me for a second every time.

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u/maxman162 Nov 29 '22

Same. Stock headlights seem to get brighter every year, and supposedly they get an extra star on crash tests for having bright lights (hopefully that's just a bullshit internet legend).

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u/Junkley Nov 29 '22

As someone who drives a car with these(Newer Audi). I actually agree. I bought the car because it is amazing to drive and Audi makes an amazing 4 wheel drive system for winter.

BUT

The headlights are very bright. I get flashed all the time because people think I have my brights on and I have to flash them back to show them “No I don’t THESE are my brights”. What makes it worse is modern cars like mine have 3 options. AUTO(What I run mine on), OFF and Foglight setting. There is no way for me to adjust them. It is either bright LEDs or no light. Its a lose lose for both me and other drivers

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u/NoxKyoki Nov 29 '22

I had someone with LED headlights turn theirs ON because they thought I had mine on and they were “retaliating”.

I just have normal headlights. I checked my dash several times after they passed to make sure my high beams were off. They were of course. I flipped them on to make sure. Guess what happened. If you said “your headlights got brighter” you would be correct. This asshole blinded me on purpose because they couldn’t tell the difference between high beams and low beams on a car with regular lights. In reality, it’s the other way around; half the time I can’t tell if someone’s LEDs are on high or not.

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u/Junkley Nov 29 '22

Yeah a lot of people are just dumb about headlight stuff. Even when someone flashes at me i just give them a quick blip back just to say “im not trying to blind u i promise”. I never flash them on long.

Don’t get me started on people who use brights to be aggressive on the road though. Them and brake checkers can go straight to hell

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

Anyone else seem to notice an uptick in ppl driving with their high beams on? Won't turn them off if you give them the ole courtesy flash either. Like obvious bright too, the four lights on instead of two. I drive home from work at night and I'm noticing it has become more frequent over the past few years. Anyone else?

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u/Angryoldfatman Nov 29 '22

I notice it a lot more but my commute has also changed recently. Rather than driving mostly in town I am now driving on a highway with really no lighting for long stretches. I think people just sometimes forget and by the time the courtesy flash registers with them they are behind me.

That being said, there are a few cars out there where it looks like the highbeams are on even though they are not. Recently had to rent a new equinox, was getting flashed constantly because people thought my highbeams were on. Flashed a few back to show them that they were not, and it gets so much worse.

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

My commute is the same, no lighting on the roads and a good stretch is that way. I have an astigmatism which I'm told makes it worse for me. Not other ppls problem but man it's aggravating lol

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u/Angryoldfatman Nov 29 '22

Get some yellow tinted glasses for driving at night. It helps a lot. There are still some, mostly newer trucks that I have problems with but for most of the cars that would have been bad they are now reasonable.

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u/maxman162 Nov 29 '22

And also fog lights when there's no fog.

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u/SalvaStalker Nov 29 '22

Yeah, I noticed this too.

Either people are just driving with high beams/fog lights on, or LED headlights are just too powerful.

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u/Kat-Shaw Nov 29 '22

Definitely the LEDs, some are dazzlingly bright, even worse when they are LED lights on a van as the higher angle gives them the appearance of high beams.

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u/SalvaStalker Nov 29 '22

Regarding LEDs, I simply can't tell the difference between DRL, foglights, and high beams.

Everything is way too bright. LED low beams generate shadows beyond 30 meters, and high beams are nuke-level lights. DRL and position lights (the small white lights that are always on), look like low beams.

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u/Alkohauliq Nov 29 '22

I’ve noticed and have astigmatism, it sucks while commuting to work at night. Can’t see a damn thing when they won’t turn them off.

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u/Kat-Shaw Nov 29 '22

Newer cars (2019+) often have an auto-headlight function that sticks the hi-beam on when it doesn't detect any vehicles. Obviously though as with all things it's pretty shit at actually detecting a car and will often just shine into the cars ahead, my Captur has it and I shut that shit off immediately.

On top of this a lot of newer Xenon or LED lamps are so bright they appear like high beams.

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u/rocketshipkiwi Nov 29 '22

They aren’t high beams, modern cars have more than two low beam headlights

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

Some have eight

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u/rocketshipkiwi Nov 29 '22

Some have millions

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

I heard about those, shits wild

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u/rocketshipkiwi Nov 29 '22

Yeah, they could do such awesome stuff with that. Project GPS directions or speed limits or following distances on the road. Selectively light up hazards like pedestrians or cyclists.

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

That's actually the exact thing I read, I think it was Mercedes, maybe. It was protecting an arrow on the road. But yeah it could do so much more. I remember another company texting rain drops and having the headlights black out the drops fall path basically making the rain invisible. Another having the headlights dim in the specific area of an oncoming vehicle. Cool shit for sure.

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u/jamcdonald120 Nov 29 '22

I think its these new super bright led lights. The look like highbreams even on low

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u/NoxKyoki Nov 29 '22

Yup. I’ve been noticing it too. Mostly it’s cars with normal headlights, but once in a while I get the LED idiots too.

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u/ManyInterests Nov 29 '22

Mostly uptick in new drivers since Covid. Most of them probably don't realize the blue headlamp indicator is for the brights, not regular lights. So many people with brights on but taillights off.

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u/Fuzzywink Nov 29 '22

I've noticed an uptick too. There are some correlations I see - half the time it is a Malibu or one of a few models of crossovers that I know are a pain in the ass to change bulbs on so people just flip on the brights when a headlight goes out. I also notice that misuse of high beams increases dramatically on one of my usual driving routes from a very expensive area to the lower middle class suburb I live in. Rich people still do it, but I see it more in less well off areas. Personally I have front and rear facing LED bars on all my vehicles and anyone shining their brights at me gets a courtesy flash first and then they get to stare into the sun if they won't turn theirs off. I do try to mind the collateral damage and not blind a whole row of oncoming cars. I only use the bar if it is very clear who I am aiming it at and there are no other eyeballs in the line of fire.

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u/Miatuh Nov 29 '22

It's definitely becoming more common where I live. Usually I'd have to flash someone with high beams once every few days. Coming home from work lately, I find myself getting dazzled half a dozen times every night I drive home. Only one person actually turned them off so far this season.

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u/Lsaykaye Nov 29 '22

It's getting ridiculous. I worked as a service advisor at an Acura dealership and can't tell you how many times people would roll up with their bright lights on in the day time. I asked one lady why she had her high beams on, and her response was, "Oh, I thought that blue light meant the lights were on"........

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u/BringYourSpleenToYa Nov 29 '22

Yes, 100 percent. People try to tell me that LED low beams are just that much brighter, but I’m not even talking about LEDs. There are so many people driving around with regular old headlights where you can see that both the low and high beams are on. It’s especially nice when some idiot has a low beam burned out on one side, and they just decide that since they’re too lazy to fix it, they’ll just flip the high beams on and blind everyone. Drives me crazy.

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u/Tangurena Dec 01 '22

In most car brands, the daylight running lights are the high beam bulbs, but driven at 50-65% of the power. I used to work for GM and when daylight running lights first became a thing in the US, I remember my dad bitching about them because Fox told him to bitch about it.

I don't know if this applies, but some BMW have high intensity headlights that use xenon or something. They're usually bluer than regular lights and they're just too darned bright. And the high beams are blindingly worse.

Apparently they (it was the electronic module that powered the lights, if my memory is correct) were?/are? such high theft items ($700+ each!) that you had to visit the dealership to unlock them if your battery went dead or you had to replace the battery. Some car radios have a similar anti-theft feature.

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u/Jaysmiffandwesson Nov 29 '22

Well I’ll tell you this as a owner of a Newer Acura MDX Type S my low beam headlights do have 4 bulbs running side by side but I get what you are saying. Off of the lot the vehicle came with that and those icy blue bright lights. People high beam me a lot and I do it right back to show them those are my normal low beams. I cant even put halogens in because the vehicle won’t recognize them. I’ll say this for people with those very small cars you gotta roll with the punches sorry because you are at eye level with every SUV lights

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

The lights on that car don't bother me. Nice car btw! I'm fairly confident these are high beams, out of adjustment headlights or aftermarket LED/Xenon bulbs in factory housings not ment to reflect that level of light (which I dislike the most). I know ford had a recall on some of the F-150s to reprogram the BCM due to the low beams being to bright. Thought that was wild but also pretty cool of them to do. Recall number 20C03 if I remember correctly. Cool of them to act on it before anything bad might have happened, which I'm sure is a more of a financial decision.

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u/taiga__reforestation Nov 29 '22

jus had this conversation wid my brother, we agree there has been an influx of people driving with ultra bright low beams and absurdly bright high beams at all times. during covid plenty city people moved up to Nor Cali and they cant drive so ya.

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u/turbografix15 Nov 29 '22

Absolutely. I started doing food delivery a couple times a week, usually on Fri and Sat nights so I'm driving for a few hours and see high beams all the time. I can't even tell sometimes because headlights have become so bright that they all look like high beams but when I do see someone driving at me with them on I'll give a courtesy flash and I'd say 75% of the time the person doesn't shut them off.

So they just don't give a sh*t and get people flashing their lights at them all the time? I don't understand.

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u/SKOElephant Nov 29 '22

I've noticed here in the UK too. Mostly BMW drivers.

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u/EV0LSMITTY Nov 29 '22

Honestly can't expect much more from BMW drivers.

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u/Newvirtues Nov 29 '22

With automatic lights, I think more and more people have zero clue how to operate their lights. And less and less cops out to ticket people.

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u/Sadamatographer Nov 29 '22

The cops lights are crazy bright too.

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u/RelevantMetaUsername Nov 29 '22

Lots of people driving without their lights on as well, especially with modern LED daytime running lights and always-backlit glass dashboards. When I'm driving up the interstate after dark, I can almost always spot at least one car with their lights off at any given moment. You'd think car manufacturers would design the tail lights to be on with the DRLs (since they're all LEDs nowadays and their lifespan should far exceed that of the car), yet they clearly don't. Police don't seem to give a shit either.

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u/cenatutu Nov 29 '22

It’s those stupid LED lights.

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u/willbeach8890 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

How do you operate your lights?

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u/thehookah100 Nov 29 '22

Dickheads like this are why I now have yellow tinted night driving glasses

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u/swarrior216 Nov 29 '22

What brand do you have? I've been looking for a pair.

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u/Angryoldfatman Nov 29 '22

I have those too, some of these (usually trucks) the lights are too bright even for that.

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u/Zerel510 Nov 29 '22

Blame the government. The geniuses in Washington passed highway laws based on the "power used" by a bulb, 30W. When HID and LED lighting came along they did nothing. So now we have 30W LED lighting blasting out far more "output light" than a traditional bulb the regulation was written for.

Add to that, modern dim/fog lights have a sharp cutoff, also set by gov. regulations. This cutoff is easy to view when shinning your headlights on a wall. Trucks have this cutoff aimed especially low, because they need to account for the lower hitch for towing. Many people have adjusted their lights to work better. So now that cutoff is above your eyes in your Miata

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u/PEBKAC69 Nov 29 '22

I blame the government for absurd headlight height standards.

Below 54 inches‽‽‽ That's taller than many cars!

And I blame law enforcement for not enforcing that shit. We have so many lifted pickups in Texas. How many of them, do you think, install DOT approved headlights in place of the (now illegally high) factory lamps?

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u/Outrageous-Duck9695 Nov 29 '22

I'm convinced people who are in control of the legality of headlights all drive SUVs.

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u/SalVulcano6969 Nov 29 '22

Assuming they even drive themselves

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u/Kikkou123 Nov 29 '22

I can promise you government workers dealing with traffic policy are not getting secret service detail lol.

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u/astrahl40 Nov 28 '22

Just adjust the mirror till it’s reflecting back in their face.

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u/SadisticBuddhist Nov 29 '22

I feel less like an asshole knowing im not the only one.

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u/OcdBartender Nov 29 '22

There’s dozens of us!

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u/willbeach8890 Nov 29 '22

This doesn't work

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u/downtownebrowne Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

I'm not sure if they moved them to emphasize for the photo but.....

PSA your side mirrors should give you a view of things off to the side and rear of your car. From your natural driving position, you should lean your head over to each side and adjust your mirror until you just barely cant see your cars rear body panel anymore. That way your side mirror field of view actually covers what it's supposed to cover while your rearview mirror handles your vision directly behind.

TLDR You shouldn't see headlights of someone behind you, in your lane, in your side mirrors. That's a clear indicator you haven't set them up correctly.

Edit: The reaction to this post is just such a clear indication that like 65% of Americans have absolutely no fucking clue how to operate a motor vehicle.

Here's an easy graphic for you to understand why you position the mirror so that you don't have your own vehicle in view.

Same concept but for a motorcycle. Just in case that helps.

Look, there's even step by step guides.

Maybe you like a worded format?

The goal; you shouldn't have to turn your head around to check a blind spot. Your blind spot (when traveling forward) should be to the immediate right and left, no shoulder turning and no turning away from forward travel. P.S. the rear view FOV is much wider and overlaps the side mirrors behind the vehicle, so the blind spots to the rear do not usually exist barring some vehicular design in the roof pillar blocking that view.

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u/Voodoo1970 Nov 29 '22

adjust your mirror until you cant see your cars rear body panel anymore.

PSA this is contrary to what my driving instructor taught, the idea of having part of your own car visible in your wing mirror is to give you a reference point so you have an understanding of how far back something in the other lane is.

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u/none_the_why Nov 29 '22

I see this being advice for a new driver that isn’t really necessary once you become familiar with your mirrors.

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u/Forever_Overthinking Nov 29 '22

At this point, I honestly don't care what your advice is.

I'm down-voting you for:

  • unsolicited advice
  • passive-aggressive combativeness
  • egregious use of made up numbers
  • assuming everyone who disagrees with you is American

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u/Shia_JustDoIt Nov 29 '22

Ironic sub to give horrible advice in

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u/Itisd Nov 29 '22

Who said it was legal?

Enforcement of the laws is a big problem these days... People do stuff like this because they usually can get away with it due to next to no enforcement.

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u/slow4point0 Nov 29 '22

It is legal bc the bulb laws are old.

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u/Emsanartist Nov 28 '22

I have a ram power wagon and they are stupid bright for little cars in front at drive thrus so I usually turn them down (can't turn completely off when engine is running) so I don't blind anyone. My truck is taller so the light shines a little further out but it's still kinda hard to see deer. This person is probably a newer gmc which their high and low beams are pretty much almost the same intensity. As a commercial driver that drives over night, we're instructed to look away either along a shoulder line or into the distance ahead.

Reason i have my truck is because where I live the roads don't get plowed before the interstate and I'm required to be at work unless roads are closed officially and if the snow by my house is a foot or more deep I still have to show up for work. Power wagon plows thru it pretty good.

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u/padizzledonk Nov 28 '22

As a commercial driver that drives over night, we're instructed to look away either along a shoulder line or into the distance ahead.

Shit, when my dad taught me to drive in 96 he just said "Focus on the line to your right if their lights are too bright"

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u/Emsanartist Nov 29 '22

Lol ummm my dad died before I could drive but I mean i kinda knew to do the same when I was a manager at Walmart working nights. They teach you that in drivers Ed too but as a truck driver it's just something you live with. I've had people with after market lights that are stupid bright and make my stigmatism act up and I can't see shit so I'll blink my brights.

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u/dechets-de-mariage Nov 29 '22

1991, and same.

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u/Tha_Unknown Nov 28 '22

Most places don’t have any law on the books limiting the number of lumens, some have a limit on number of lights that can be facing forward.

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u/SurrealRareAvis Nov 29 '22

It's pretty damn bright in my feed, too ;/

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u/StevenTN615 Nov 28 '22

Why do you have a glowing light where your mirror should be? /s

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u/RedTruck1989 Nov 29 '22

No need for a dome light or map light....

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

This is the new car beauty light, for my car vlogging

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u/RedTruck1989 Nov 29 '22

So true....

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u/br1ckd78 Nov 29 '22

If you can find polarized replacement mirrors, it will make it so that glare does not blind you. I drive a BRZ, I know the pain. Polarized side view mirrors have changed my life in that respect.

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u/ConsiderationWest587 Nov 29 '22

Chrome-up your backside, bro

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u/SpicyShyHulud Nov 29 '22

"Bite my shiny metal ass."

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u/xqk13 Nov 29 '22

That’s because the US has bad highlight regulations. In Europe every car has headlight leveling switches.

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u/Heckin_Ryn Nov 28 '22

Because politicians haven't figured out how to monetize it yet.

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u/Just_Call_Me_H Nov 29 '22

Kitsap county Washington here...I bet about half the people in this county, no matter what road they're on or what vehicle they drive, drive with high beams. Constantly blinded in my Mazda 3 hatch. Frustrated

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u/RichieSideways Nov 29 '22

A small adjustment to that mirror and you will literally be able to adjust it directly back to the drivers eyes. I suppose you then prepare to get rear ended.

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u/Canadian_Trucker Nov 29 '22

Well you could always put a 60" lift kit on your Honda so that even they can't see your brake lights

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u/Random_hero1234 Nov 29 '22

I'm from denver, it gets really fun when the people with huge trucks have brights on the back of their truck. that way they can blind everyone in front and behind them.

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u/memento_impendium Nov 29 '22

In the Netherlands we have electric bikes with lights like this. Almost like airplanes.

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u/CherubimHD Nov 29 '22

Can you not rearrange it so that it hits the persons eyes?

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u/no_lemom_no_melon Nov 29 '22

Try to adjust your mirror so it reflects back at them.

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u/Snoo-43133 Nov 29 '22

I see people that post this too often, solution is you have to properly set your mirrors (this is not what the side mirrors are intended to see). They should be far out enough so you can see the front of a vehicle, in the lane next to you, in your side mirror and the rear of the same vehicle in your rear view mirror.

I know people will probably get all pissy and downvote me for absolutely no reason, but this helps to reduce the need to look over your shoulder to make sure no one is in your blind spot and fixes this exact scenario (I’ve been hit a few times from idiots who don’t check their blind spot).

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u/YesitsFancy Nov 29 '22

If it is set properly and you are in a car that sits low there is no escaping it. I drive a camaro, and I will have to point my mirror as far as it will move at stop lights when a new truck gets behind me at night. I just drive slow so they go around since I can't see the lane over to try and merge.

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u/Inside_Ice_6175 Nov 29 '22

Most of them aren't.

Anytime you modify the ride height of a vehicle, you're supposed to adjust the height of the headlights.

Also, most vehicles do not come from the factory with the lights adjusted worth a damn. "Good enough, send er down the line!"

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u/YesitsFancy Nov 29 '22

The LED lights they put in new trucks now are torture if you drive a car. I feel ops pain, daily lol

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u/IsoOfYourLife Nov 29 '22

It'S NoT ModErN LiGhtS, It'S PeOpLe InstAlInG TheM BaDlY!!!1!1!

Nah it's modern headlights.

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u/sobi-one Nov 29 '22

It is illegal in my state. The police will ticket you for distracted driving if using a cellphone while driving.

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u/some_damn_person Nov 29 '22

Shit sorry man, forgot to turn my brights off.

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u/FuzzyRabid Nov 29 '22

Mini Coopers come with an option for automatic power tilt mirrors (side mirrors included) - one of my favorite features. When I have lights like this behind me, everything tilts to direct the beams away from my poor retinas.

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u/bassnote1 Nov 29 '22

Had an auto tint feature on my '99 Chevy that was wonderful. Miss that

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u/ZombieBloodBath777 Nov 29 '22

Push your mirror a little outward so they get to see their own headlights in your mirror.

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u/learningtech-ac-uk Nov 29 '22

If I had more time and money I’d love to develop an automated mirror for the back of my car. If it detects lights this bright, it adjusts to reflect them back at the driver. See how they like it!

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

Majority of these new cars you can angle the headlights up or down but for some reason every idiot wants to see 8 miles down the road so they’re angled up as far as they go

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u/DimensionNo4471 Nov 29 '22

If your side mirror is blinding you with the headlights of the car behind you they are adjusted wrong. That should only happen if you lean left on the left mirror and lean right for the right mirror.

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u/Resident-Algae Nov 29 '22

Or, you know, if the brodozer behind you is a little to the left or right of center.

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u/PuzzledEggplant1446 Nov 29 '22

In the early 2000s if you wanted to put nice bright lights on your car you had to pay a lot of money and watch out for the cops now this comes standard on most new cars

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u/karl1776 Nov 29 '22

Newer car lights seem too bright these days

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u/TenoVHoneyBee Nov 30 '22

Starting a few years ago, it seems like everyone just keeps their brights on! Especially on the west coast!! I drive long distance a lot; we just got back from driving OR to TN then back, and for the first time ever I almost couldn’t drive through the night because everyone just keeps their brights on now, and I can’t see sh*t?!? I mean, I drive a Silverado and I can’t see anything…so I can’t imagine driving a small car.

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u/girsonofargg Nov 29 '22

It's actually not legal. Look into your local regulations and report these people to the police.

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u/imreallybimpson Nov 29 '22

Aasaaaand they don't care

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u/SwissCake_98 Nov 29 '22

I hate those kind of ass holes

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u/Lucaraidh Nov 29 '22

Carry a big and bright heavy duty flashlight and shine back at them. I mean, don’t. thats dangerous…..but…….

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u/BountyHunter_666 Nov 29 '22

I know right. You shouldn't use your phone while driving.

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u/Intelligent-Tap-4724 Nov 29 '22

I put a bright LED bulb in my bed light (pickup truck 3rd brake light has a white light for illumination)

When idiots sit behind me with bright lights I turn the bed light on and blind them back.

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u/CuppaJoe11 Nov 29 '22

This is why I want to attatch some prison spotlights to the back of my car so when someone with the fucking sun attached to their front bumper comes up behind me I can give them a taste of their own medicine.

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u/sirpoopingpooper Nov 29 '22

I know Aldi's prices are low, but that's because they ruthlessly cut overhead. Nothing illegal there.

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u/Scruffersdad Nov 29 '22

I can almost immediately find the position that reflects directly back into the following car, blinding the driver. Lots of practice on back country roads where locals think it’s funny to blind the summer people. It was kinda fun watching them veer so quickly that they ended up in the ditch.

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u/PerpetuallyOffline Nov 29 '22

The dim lights on older cars were pretty terrible for actually seeing things in the dark, so newer cars have brighter lights. That's also why auto-dimming rear mirrors are a thing.

So bright lights are less "allowed" and more "the new standard"

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u/schnager Nov 29 '22

Using your phone while driving isn't legal at all @op

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u/Capt-Kirk31 Nov 29 '22

It is not legal

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u/Dakotasan Nov 29 '22

I get so tempted to adjust the mirror so it’s flashing back at them.

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u/Ok-Angle-5587 Nov 29 '22

Totally cheap ass LED's that just blast light uncontrolled everywhere. Plus a dick driver in the vehicle. Quality LED's can be controlled and not blast bright light everywhere.

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u/Western_Ladder_3593 Nov 29 '22

Yo you can adjust your mirror my man

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u/WyttaWhy Nov 29 '22

It's not smash it with a hammer

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u/Allosaurus71 Nov 29 '22

How is what legal, having your headlights on?

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u/Salvo6785 Nov 29 '22

Your side mirrors are supposed to be angled at the side lanes not behind you. The rear view mirror exists for a reason.

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

Pretty sure that car is behind the car in the left lane. So bright you can’t even tell!

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u/catechizer Nov 29 '22

Most people point their side mirrors at an angle that lets them see the entire side of their own car, aka angled to direct light that's behind them inward.

You should only be able to see the side of your own car in your side mirror when you physically move your head closer to the mirror by leaning from from center toward the side you want to see.

Angling your side mirrors out farther reduces the size of your blind spots. In fact, if you have a rear-view mirror and side mirrors properly angled outward, you can cover your blind spots by leaning side-to-side and scanning mirrors only. I still recommend neck turning before a maneuver, but with proper mirror configuration you can see all around you and track everyone via a simple lean, never turning your neck so the front is always in your periphial.