All aboardfor the legislature
Your Jan. 24 editorials and Charlie Hughes' column, 'Internet must be partnership for makers, dealers' were very interesting and encouraging.
I agree wholeheartedly with most of what you and Hughes say; however, I do have one point to make.
It is indeed true that all dealers have a lot at stake and that that very fact makes the issues personal. Certainly, it is true that dealers must add value, and it is ever so true that we must embrace change.
I think it is also most probably true that if you and Charlie were in my shoes, operating with the one-sided sales agreement that I have, both of you would be hot-footing it to your state legislature, too.
Weber Motor Co.
Truck lights are a safety hazard
Where are the automotive lighting engineers? Do any of them still drive cars? At night?
Regrettably, I recently leased a car instead of a sport-utility. Now that trucks account for nearly 50 percent of new-vehicle sales and are equipped with new, high-intensity headlamps, the industry must soon rethink headlight standards.
Truck headlights are aimed almost directly into the eyes or rear-view mirrors of automobile drivers and can be almost blinding.
Beyond the discomfort and distraction, they reduce peripheral vision and become a safety hazard to everyone on the road.
Further, in a society in which red-light running and road rage are becoming popular, courtesy-challenged drivers are often indifferent to the quaint ritual of dimming lights in traffic.
There should be a maximum standardized headlamp height for all vehicles, and it should not exceed that of passenger cars.
Obviously, headlamps would have to be moved to the middle of many current truck bumpers, or even below some.
Another observation: Do we really want the bumpers of trucks weighing nearly three tons to be higher than the headlights of cars half their weight?
The writer is an automotive design consultant.