20 March 2024

Drivers voice concerns surrounding LED light regulation

Motorists are advocating for stricter regulations regarding LED headlights, focusing on factors such as their positioning, brightness, and the use of automatic leveling mechanisms to safeguard fellow drivers.

According to findings from The AA, a significant majority of drivers (76%) have reported being blinded by headlights from oncoming vehicles, while half (52%) have experienced dazzle from headlights behind them. Additionally to this, a considerable proportion (26%) have encountered glare from brake lights while stationary in traffic, with 17% reporting dazzle while in motion.

Government collision data indicates an average of 280 collisions annually since 2013, where dazzling headlights played a contributory role, resulting in six fatalities each year.

In response to these concerns, the RAC recently urged the Government to commission an independent study on headlight dazzle. Similarly, The AA is advocating for the Department for Transport (DfT) to investigate the issue.

The AA stressed the need for scrutiny into the effects of LEDs on road safety, both from vehicle headlights and infrastructure lighting, with recommendations aimed at protecting road users.

One contributing factor to glare and discomfort, as highlighted by The AA, is the rising popularity of SUVs with headlights positioned higher than conventional saloon cars. Additionally, the transition from halogen bulbs to LED lights, observed in both vehicles and traffic signals, has exacerbated the issue.

Although bright lights are not at the forefront of fleet managers’ minds, the bigger picture of driver safety and vehicle understanding is. Activa continues to support its drivers and encourages anyone behind the wheel to keep up their own wellbeing: regular eye tests and ensuring an adequate amount of rest before taking long journeys will help alleviate a certain amount of dazzle.