Friday, August 17, 2007

Safety Last

I don't know whether I've become more observant as a consequence of riding a bike, or there has been a sudden upsurge of the problem, but I've recently noticed a lot of cars with defective brake or tail lights.

The other night, on my way home, I counted 7 (seven!) cars in front of me with at least 1 tail light out. I only started counting after seeing another two or three. And that was on a journey of less than 15 miles!

When I think of the stats on this one, the maths become mind-blowing. The vehicles I counted were those immediately in front of me; there were probably lots more going in the opposite direction and elsewhere on the road. I believe that there must be many cars on the road with a tail light out - with all the inherent danger that brings.

Doesn't anyone do their weekly vehicle checks anymore. Once a week, we are supposed to check our vehicle is in a road worthy condition. That all lights are working and properly adjusted, tyres are at the correct pressures, oil and water are topped up and windscreen wash is not empty. My understanding is that these features are there to protect the driver of the vehicle and other road users. At night, I want to know whether the vehicle in front is a car or a motorcycle, and a major clue to that is the number of tail lights. One tail light generally means bike rather than car.

If the owner is so casual about something so obvious, what else is wrong with the car?

If people are going out on the highway, then please, do so in a car that is fully road worthy. They may not value their life too highly, but I do value mine.


sandegaye said...

An absent tail light will get you stopped & ticketed here. Maybe that's what is needed..

Mark said...

It's supposed to here as well, but there just seems to be an epidemic!

Eddie said...

Hi Mark,
You're right. My daughter has a Fiat Stylo. We've learned over the past 2 years that to close the boot, (trunk), lid with more force than a butterfly settling on it would generate, almost always leads to one of the tail, stop or indicator bulbs failing.
I don't think they make the bulbs robust enough these days. I've noticed, incidentally, that a lot of bulbs are made in Eastern Europe.
I think the modern trend of high-intensity LED lights should be encouraged!