Keep headlights on for holiday weekend driving

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 21, 2011 - 6:15 PM

When you’re driving to your Thanksgiving destination this week, notice the large share of Minnesota cars operating with their headlights on during daytime hours.

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munsterlandrNov. 21, 11 6:36 PM

Doesn't the author of this know that 99% of the automobiles on the road now automatically leave the headlights on! Sheese.

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dpengineerNov. 22, 11 8:12 AM

munsterlandr, no they do not. The amount of people driving a white car around in a snow storm withouth the headlights on is absurd. I wish law enforcement had the power to enforce our law that states if you need to use your wipers, the headlights must be on.

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basia2186Nov. 22, 11 9:38 AM

I live in rural northern mn. Last week, during our frequent snowfalls and foggy weather, only appx. 50% of the vehicles had their lights on. I have had my car since 2008. I have changed one headlight bulb in that time. My lights are always on. Enforce the law please!

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SupervonNov. 22, 1112:04 PM

The only thing that has really decreased the death is the high price of gasoline and the clogged roads. Now, add in the light rail and most cars are dead in their tracks-how can anybody get hurt then?

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ruphinaNov. 22, 1112:30 PM

Turn them on all the time- I've had only 5 accidents in the 35 years since I turned mine on, and one of those was an obstructed vision parking lot fender bender when I tapped someones headlight backing up my pickup, and the other 4 were when somebody hit my parked car on the street. I guess maybe I should leave them on when I'm parked, too. Bill G.

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merkinNov. 23, 11 7:50 AM

My lights are on whenever I'm driving, no matter what time of day it is. Even in the daytime it helps other drivers pick you out of a crowd and visual background clutter. I picked the habit up years ago when driving through the high desert of Washington (the state, not the capital) and they required drivers to have their lights on because the terrain was so brown and dry it's hard to see an oncoming car from a distance.

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