Not too long ago, I saw a meme--that I can't currently find--that perfectly demonstrated how I feel every time someone gets in behind me with those insanely bright LED headlights that make it nearly impossible for me to see through my windshield.

Is that really where we are now? Because I'm talking about a MAJORITY of vehicles that slide in behind me. And trucks with those headlights are the worst because of where those lights are positioned with respect to the ground. They shine right into my mirrors. I don't think I should be BLINDED while I'm trying to drive, and I doubt I'd get an argument. It's also nice that I'm not alone in my thinking here.

Isn't that something? A halogen bulb that gives off the same amount of light as an LED bulb, yet the LED is so much brighter. Ugh.

So yes, I wish there was a Kentucky ordinance dictating how bright your headlights can be, but I can't find one. Now there IS a law on the books about headlights and brightness, but it doesn't specifically cover my grievance:

Whenever the driver of a vehicle follows another vehicle within three hundred (300) feet to the rear, except when engaged in the act of overtaking and passing, the driver shall use a distribution of light other than the uppermost distribution of light specified in paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of this section.

For reference, here is that paragraph:

There shall be an uppermost distribution of light, or composite beam, so aimed and of such intensity as to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least three hundred fifty (350) feet ahead for all conditions of loading.

That is all well and good, but it doesn't--and maybe it can't--address my issue. Most drivers DO adjust to the regular setting when they get behind me, but sometimes that is still WAY too bright. Those are the LED headlamps I was talking about.


When a motorist does get in behind me with those things, I adjust my mirrors so the light is not shining in my eyes, but I want to make sure it's not shining right back into theirs either. I want to be a considerate motorist, myself.

That Today Show video proves this level of brightness emitting from these headlights is very dangerous, but only 10 states require headlight alignment checkups. Obviously I wouldn't mind if 40 more came on board. (Or at least one, if you know what I mean.)

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