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Is driving with headlights during the day a bright idea?

During the day, when it's bright and sunny, you don't need your headlights to see where you're going, right? While this is true, you might want to consider turning your headlights on, anyway -- especially because safety researchers have proven that it will lower your risks of getting into a car accident.

Turning on your headlights during daylight hours won't dramatically reduce your car accident risks, but the figures are truly nothing to sneeze at -- as they will decrease your risks by approximately 5 to 10 percent. Think about it, one of the most important elements in car accident prevention is visibility, no matter who you are. If a pedestrian sees you, he or she won't dart out in front of you. If a motorcyclist sees you, he or she will take action to avoid hitting you, and so forth.

While 5 to 10 percent might not seem like a lot, what if your next potential car accident falls in that percentage range and you could avoid it. Then, the simple act of flipping the switch on your headlights is completely worth it.

Many automakers are aware of the safety benefits of daytime headlights, so they are automatically installing daytime running lights in new vehicles. However, this is not a requirement by law at this time, so until it does become a requirement, you might want to consider turning on your headlights on your own or installing daytime running lights on your own.

Did an unlawful driver hit your car and cause you to suffer an injury? If you were hurt due to the fault of another driver, you may want to learn about your personal injury rights.

Source: Law Office of Kevin L. Beard PA, "Car accidents," accessed Dec. 01, 2017

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