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Always On High Beams – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk

Posted by M. C. Fox on October 26, 2018

Only one of many covens of un-elected government useful idiots that run your life.

Bikes now often run with flashing headlights – so as to be noticed among the sea of government-fatwa’d DRL-equipped cars. School busses have strobe lights. Cop cars look like Christmas trees. Funeral processions need cop cars that look like Christmas trees because they’re otherwise invisible.

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/10/25/always-on-high-beams/

by eric

High beams used to be usually off. You turned them on if you needed them – which wasn’t usually.

That’s about to be turned on its head if a new “safety” proposal (yes, another one) under consideration by the National Highway Safety Administration becomes the latest safety fatwa. High beams will be default on, all the time. They’ll dim only when sensors detect an oncoming car.

Assuming the sensors detect the oncoming car. Which assumes the sensors will alwayswork.

NHTSA says always on – or mostly on – high beams have “… the potential to reduce the risk of crashes by increasing visibility without increasing glare.”

Except high beams are glare personified.

That’s why they’re usually turned off. And now the government wants to pass a fatwa that they be set for default on . . . “without increasing glare.”

This is the sort of thing government bureaucrats excel at. It’s also a logical – by government standards – evolution of the already-fatwa’d always-on low beams (Daytime Running Lights) we’ve had since the ’90s, which were also supposed to “increase visibility” but instead created constant daytime glare where it had previously been at most an occasional nuisance and also made motorcycles – which used to be the only vehicles (other than cars in a funeral procession) which regularly had their lights on during the daytime – much less visible in daylight.

Bikes now often run with flashing headlights – so as to be noticed among the sea of government-fatwa’d DRL-equipped cars. School busses have strobe lights. Cop cars look like Christmas trees. Funeral processions need cop cars that look like Christmas trees because they’re otherwise invisible…

Cutting to the chase, the real problem is that federal regulatory apparats such as NHTSA (and EPA and many others) haven’t got much to do anymore but need to find things to do to justify their expropriation-dependent existences, so they find make-work things to do.

And then make us pay for the work – in money and hassle.

What they really need is gainful employment, their hands out of our pockets – and their noses out of our business.

Be seeing you

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One Response to “Always On High Beams – EPautos – Libertarian Car Talk”

  1. Kenneth T. said

    “Cop cars look like Christmas trees.”
    ***that’s for sure, it’s a fairly new thing here, or I just haven’t noticed. But the other night, I was momently distracted and almost crashed myself. Six popo cars all with lights-a-flashing, most nerve-racking.

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