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This newer model Chrysler 200, seen on U.S. 60 East, is one example of cars driving with no illumination during inclement weather, making it harder to see. (Photo by Cory Claxon)

Day after day I notice more and more drivers are doing dumb things on the road. Some of it is intentional, some of it is unintentional.

I lived in northern Kentucky for nearly two years and often traveled across the Brent-Spence bridge into Cincinnati for work and that’s when I noticed the severe lack of proper vehicle control.

Often, I saw vehicles with no headlights, or with only daytime running lights, at night or during inclement weather. On most vehicles, daytime running lamps do not illuminate the taillights, making it difficult or nearly impossible to a see vehicle from the rear – especially during heavy snow or rainfall.

However, can all of this be attributed to the driver? Vehicle manufacturers are putting brighter light emitting diode (LED) running lamps which may cause someone to be confused and believe their headlights are on.

Some vehicles will switch over to headlights automatically when light levels drop below a certain threshold (e.g. at night or when the sky darkens during a heavy storm). I’m personally a big fan of this feature and often leave my 2017 Toyota Corolla in this position.

A friend of mine always leaves his headlights on, no matter the time of the day, to ensure he can be seen from the front and rear.

During inclement weather, I often see vehicles operating with no illumination from the front or rear, most likely because the car is not equipped with automatic lighting or because the driver has intentionally defeated the automated system. The general rule of thumb, and law in some states, says to activate headlights anytime you turn on your wiper blades.

A vehicle comes with an owner’s manual and it is more important now than ever, with all the electronic safety systems now employed on cars, that we read this to understand how our car operates.

Equally important is to pay attention to your vehicle and the road and put away electronic devices and other distractions.

It is everyone’s responsibility to drive in a safe manner.

Reach Cory at cclaxon@themoreheadnews.com or by phone at (606) 784-4116.

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