Use Headlights To Illuminate Gray, Winter Days


A recent collision on Highway 87 in Payson took place in the gray of early morning. The driver of a pickup truck turned in front of a small, dark -colored sports car that may have easily blended into the surrounding asphalt, concrete and trees.

As winter approaches, days are shorter; and with clouds and smoke, visibility is may be limited.


The driver of a pickup truck said he didn't see this black sports car before he collided with it at dawn Tuesday. Dusk and dawn are dangerous times for drivers, especially for those in dark vehicles.

In 2003, a total of 130,895 auto accidents occurred on Arizona roads and highways. Of these, 6,649 happened during dawn or dusk.

Thirty-four percent resulted in injury; 63 percent destroyed property; and 81 percent netted fatalities.

The simple act of using headlights in low-light conditions can make a vehicle more visible and could prevent accidents or injuries on our roads.

Another suggestion for driving safely in all weather and light conditions -- use turn signals. It only takes the flip of that little lever on the left side of the steering wheel. And if the automatic signals aren't working, the driver needs to roll down the window and use hand signals for turning, which we all must know in order to get a driver's license.

This time of year, most of us are in a hurry, but it's better to slow down, be seen, and get where we're going safely rather than risk the dangers that could result from being careless.

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