Chemainus – Regarding the recent correspondence about the use or nonuse of low beam headlights as a way of improving road safety.
I would point out that this factor was recognized by the Canadian government in 1988 when it became law that ALL vehicles registered in Canada from that date onwards must be fitted with daytime running lights (DRLs).
These are usually the high beams set on a lower voltage so as to reduce glare and operate automatically when the vehicle’s engine is started.
The disadvantage of this feature is that the rear lights of the vehicle do not come on at the same time.
Using low beams in conditions of poor visibility has the great advantage that the use of low beams also causes the rear lights to operate, greatly increasing the visibility of the vehicle from the rear.
Thus my recommendation is that all drivers check their vehicles to ensure that their DRL’s are fully operational as required by the law and to add the operation of the low beams (and rear lights) in conditions of poor visibility.