headlights & common courtesy

Arizona drivers are better than Texas drivers overall.Yes, I said it. Don’t get in to a tizzy if you’re a Texas reader. I said overall. I did not say anyone specific. But when a car or ten jumps out of a lane that us backed up and in to a lane that is empty right after passing a sign that said that lane is shutting down in 1/4 of mile? That’s not being a good driver.When I came to Arizona, I noticed that the population overall were better drivers. I’ve only found two exceptions to that…
One of those is headlights…
Out away from Phoenix, you really don’t have a lot of street light coverage. Being in the mountains, any ambient light is diffused quite a bit. Those two things in combination can make it dark around here once the sun starts going down.If you’re alone on a dark road, you’re going to turn on your brights, right? It’s natural. We want to see everything we can as a safety measure.

But out here, most everyone you encounter with their brights on do not turn them down when you’re coming. I’ve let it be thinking they’ll finally get it. I’ve flashed my brights at them from far off. I’ve flashed my brights at them close up. It doesn’t phase any of them.

There is a reason they have the law against bright light use in incoming traffic. It can blind someone!!! I understand forgetting, but many people out here are oblivious.

There’s only been twice someone has turned their brights off for me in the 8 months I’ve been out here. One was of their own volition. The other I had to remind, but they promptly obliged.

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