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SUVs contribute to headlight glare

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To the Editor:

The maximum headlight height standard of 54 inches that was set in 1968 for all vehicles including trucks did not foresee today's massive population of higher-sprung vehicles, sport-utilities, vans and pickup trucks, that are blinding drivers of ordinary automobiles with higher headlight glare.

There can be little doubt that anything that interferes with a driver's critical field of vision is unwelcome, and a list of such interferences should include high-intensity lights, bright daytime running lights and the misalignment or misuse of fog lights.

Automobile drivers are also disserviced by the imposing and intimidating size of the ever-growing population of those passenger trucks that block a safer view from behind on a roadway.

Moreover, the surface of today's windshield glass appears to be more vulnerable to pitting damage, which aggravates higher headlight glare and makes driving at night even more difficult because the pitting causes blinding light to scatter.

And today's drivers continue to complain about windshield wipers that don't wipe well enough to provide proper visibility.



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