A recent study has revealed that road users use high beam (or full beam) and do not care about blinding other oncoming vehicles. The study was conducted on 3,200 vehicles on a stretch of 2,500km, in the states of Punjab and haryana, on national highways and on single carriageways.
The study has revealed facts showing that only 26.15 percent of car/ SUV drivers dip their lights for oncoming vehicles and the rest (73.83 percent) continue driving with the high beam on or dip their light very briefly before switching back onto high beam.
In contrast, truck drivers performed better. As many as 77.72 truckers dipped their lights, responding to oncoming vehicles, while 15.9 percent of continued with the high beam on and 5.36 percent of the drivers dipped their lights briefly.
The study was conducted on 1950 cars/ SUVs and 1250 trucks/ buses. The study was conducted between 8pm and midnight from July 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016.
The study was carried out on roads such as the NH-95 (Kharar-Ludhiana), SH-12A (Landran-Sirhind & Bhawanigarh-Bathinda) in Punjab, and NH-7 & NH-344 (Panchkula-Yamunanagar), NH-152 & 52 (Ambala-Hisar) in Haryana.
A previous study about road accidents, published by the ministry of road in 2015 showed that 39.2 percent of fatal road accidents happened in the dark, between 6 in the evening to 6 in the morning.
The above study about drivers not dipping lights in the night was carried out by a road safety NGO called ArriveSafe.