Safe driving: Top 10 tips to avoid headlight glare at night

Updated Sep 11, 2019 | Same topic: Let's Drive Smart!

One of the most annoying inconveniences at night is headlight glare. Here are ways that it can be minimized with pro tips by Philkotse!

How can headlight glare be lessened at night? Get all the tips about how to not go “argh” every time an HiD headlight burns your eyes out. It also lessens the chances of accidents because of it.

Are you struggling with other cars' headlights?

There are more distractions that can cause injury or even death on the road other than getting drunk and texting. One of these lesser problems and taken for granted causes is bright headlights that are usually HiD and LED lights. More than one driver has been nearly blinded by the undisciplined use of the high-intensity headlights on the road.

Most drivers will take it for granted that have more visibility on the road. Unknowingly or without caring that their HiD headlights blind the drivers of oncoming cars.

headlight bulb

Bright headlights can cause injury or even death on the road

All these 10 tips to avoid getting glared and blinded by oncoming headlights should be implemented by other drivers. Most drivers who carelessly blind other drivers will not do anything at all. Getting to know how to lessen the harmful effects of these bright lights should be done.

It’s either cursing or screaming at the irresponsible driver or adapt to the problem. There’s little to be done because they are a reality and best to ignore. All these tips are for the best interests of drivers victimized by these irresponsible drivers.

What you should you to avoid getting glared by opposite headlights

Here is what should be done to help drivers manage headlight glare are night.

1. You must look towards the right when oncoming headlight approach

One of the biggest mistakes when dealing with glaring headlights is staring squarely at it! It’s best to look away within a safe viewing field that does not blind you. The trick is to look at the while line at all times, till the car has passed you.

Seeing white might happen so just look forward and squint eyes enough to see where you’re going. When a similar bright light comes towards than just anticipate before it hits your eyes.

headlight glare

One of the biggest mistakes when dealing with glaring headlights is staring squarely at it

2. There’s a need to adjust the rear-view mirror

Modern cars will come will a night setting that will dim all blinding light from the rear. This reduces the intensity of the glare of lights from the rear, which gives better visibility at night without compromise.

If the rear-view is a manual adjust then angle it to a point any glare is minimized! Do the same with the side view mirrors as well if need be.

>>> Read more: How to adjust rear-view mirrors for a safe drive.

3. Don’t turn on the cabin lights inside the car!

Driving in the dark needs night vision that is gained without any light in the cabin. When a glaring headlight comes at you and by turning away that preserves some of it. Driving all glared out is dangerous and opening the cabin light will be bad.

This just increased the glare from HiD or LEDs headlamps! Better to focus seeing ahead and adjust to see at the best angle till night vision is restored.

headlight glares

Driving in the dark needs night vision that is gained without any light in the cabin

4. Shield your eyes during the daytime to relieve nighttime glare

Eye strain during the daytime will affect nighttime vision very much. Wearing shades that protect eyes and lessens eye strain for the greater part of daytime will improve our night vision without stressing it.

Glared is increased from stress and other factors that include eye fatigue which can’t be helped. Protecting your eyes in the day time is the simplest way to lessen headlight glare!

5. Get anti-glare lenses for those who need graded-eyeglasses

Most drivers with prescription lenses are sufferers of photo-phobia that is caused by intense and bright light! Very bright headlights have a devastating effect on those with this affliction. It takes longer for eyes to re-adjust when it happens.

Getting anti-glare graded lenses is the best solution for this and very cost-effective for overall safety! Anti-glare lenses will filter bright light and allow drivers to see clearly despite the awful glare.

headlight glares

Most drivers with prescription lenses are sufferers of photo-phobia that is caused by intense and bright light

6. Clean headlights to counter glare with brighter lighter

You should clean headlights to give them a brighter beam when driving. It’s common sense that brighter beam will overcome a weaker one that can be avoided by cleaning. A slightly intense beam will lessen the glare of another light. This also adds up to better visibility at night too.

>>> Also read: Complete guide for car headlight maintenance.

7. On long night trips, drivers need breaks to lessen bright glare

Just remember that when fatigued most drivers will be most susceptible to bright glare from oncoming cars! This will surprise the driver and lessen the speed of reaction to a dangerous level.

If fatigue sets in especially on a long drive that will need rest for the driver. Better do this for long solo drives which can be dangerous without a driving buddy!

glasses for headlight glares

Just remember that when fatigued most drivers will be most susceptible to bright glare from oncoming cars

8. Dirty windshields need cleaning to lessen glare

At night a dirty windshield is a menace because it increases the glare from oncoming HiD or LED headlights. Cleaning it till squeaky clean is the best solution for a safe night drive too. Check the wipers and if there is water to make sure they work properly. Cleaning the windshield is smart and can save your life.

>>> Worth reading: 3 useful tips to keep your windshield in its top shape.

9. Wear yellow-tinted glasses at night

Eyewear at night is no fashion statement but a necessity for safe driving! Choosing specialized night vision glassed tinted yellow will reduce glare when driving. These lenses are specialized for driving at night with good anti-glare for those who don’t need prescription ones.

man driving with glasses

Eyewear at night is no fashion statement but a necessity for safe driving!

>>> Check out: 7 tips to choose best car driver glasses.

10. Look at the car’s outline of the bright light but not towards it

Besides looking towards the right of bright light, another option is to keep the outline of the object within the viewing field. This preserves vision to a certain degree without losing it totally! Looking away is dangerous because this is the best option.

Conclusion

There always an irresponsible bloke with HiDs or LEDs that burn eyes out! The best way is to follow

10 tips to avoid getting glared and blinded by oncoming headlights. Do everything that can be reasonably done and which is most practical for you. Bright headlights can kill and try to be proactive without returning the favor.

Norjan Ismail Abbas

Norjan Ismail Abbas

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Norjan enjoys writing about various topics, and car is among them. Don't ever ask him which his most favorite car is since he has none. He believes each car is beautiful in its own way.

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