This is just one of those “pet peeve” posts really. A soapbox moment, if you will…
Over the winter months I’ve had to do a fair amount of driving to and from work and university. Being in the UK over winter generally means that you’re driving in the pitch black both mornings and evenings. As a migraine sufferer I’ve always found it dazzling looking at oncoming headlights and bright tail lights for the hour-plus commute.I’ve noticed that so-called “advances” in technology have developed “better” and brighter headlight bulbs in many newer vehicles. These seem to be a combination of halogen-type bulbs and the super-bright LEDs. All of which is a positive aspect for the driver of the vehicles in question – they can see ahead of them clearer. For those of us looking at them coming at us on the other side of the road.. *aaarrgh! my eyes!*. This is of course without mentioning the a-holes who drive with their full-beams on the whole time (!).
Most of my journey to and from work/uni is accomplished not because I can see where I am going, but simply because I have memorized the route! Including all the blind turns and potholes. All I can actually *see* is blackness contrasted by the searchlight-strength headlights coming at me on my right – and a hint of curb/grass on the left-hand side (UK remember). It’s a wonder I manage to get from A to B sometimes!
Then, in addition to all of this you’ve got the cars that now have a strip of LEDs around the headlights which are on ALL the time. These dazzle me during the DAY!
In some countries (Australia, most of mainland Europe – correct me if I’m wrong!), flashing your headlights is something to do ONLY when you are really pissed off! Or it means, “I’m coming through – GET OUT OF MY WAY!”.
In the UK, people flash their lights to let you know that they are waiting for you to move through a tight junction – or to say “Thank You”. Which is nice.
Except if you’re a migraine sufferer! For me it’s just painful! And with flashing lights being one of my major triggers, I find myself covering my eyes when I can anticipate someone flashing “at” me – and seeing spots and reaching for the drugs when they catch me unawares! And again, there’s the group who will flash their lights in the daytime to say thank you – when I can see your face through the windscreen! Just smile, nod, wave, anything OTHER than flashing your lights! I appreciate that you’re trying to be thankful, just be mindful of your methods!
And a final comment – to all the UK county councils:
We pay our road tax, and council tax, get our MOTs done, etc.. how about you spend some of that money RESURFACING some roads. Not just “filling in” potholes – that’s only a temporary fix – they come back bigger and more dangerous. Some of the roads around my hometown are in a desperately poor state of repair. I now have to go out and buy new tyres! Yay!
Here endeth the rant. If you read all the way to the end, thanks!
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