Headlights are your best friends when you’re driving around at night. They increase your visibility as well as let other drivers know that you are on the road. However, not knowing how to properly use your headlights could lead to a collision, and nobody wants that, especially those driving rental trucks.
Taking the appropriate precautions when it comes to using your headlights properly could help avoid accidents caused by glare.
Trucks and SUV’s Are The Biggest Bullies
It’s always someone bigger who tends to pick on you, and the road is no exception. When it comes to glare issues, bigger vehicles such as semi trucks or large SUVs will be higher off the ground than a car. This often puts the driver of a smaller vehicle or even a smaller pickup rental at eye level with the oncoming headlights of these vehicles.
If you find yourself in this situation, look straight to your right and find the white line on the road to guide you forward. This prevents glare blindness. Make sure you continue to look to the right until the oncoming semi truck passes. Using the edge of objects can also provide you with a marker of where you are headed.
Focusing directly ahead of you at all times is just as dangerous as being blinded. Make sure your eyes are constantly moving, as this way you can anticipate oncoming vehicles by spotting their headlights from a good distance away.
Prevent Yourself From Blinding Other Drivers
Though any driver with experience rolling down the highway is already aware of how annoying and downright dangerous being blinded by another driver is. With that in mind, you wouldn’t want to do it to someone else.
You don’t want to be that person that sends someone into the back of a flatbed rental truck. The simplest way to prevent headlight glare from blinding someone is by dimming your headlights. If you see that there is a car turning the corner, especially in a canyon, dim your brights if they’ve been on.
Always remember to be a courteous driver, and stay alert.