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With the recent change in daylight hours, there have been more drivers who think they need their high beams, or in layman’s terms, brights, of their car on 24/7.

Yes, it’s that bad.

This has greatly affected me and my driving, especially since I’m already half blind. I did not ask for help in losing the other half of my eyesight. I have computers, TV and phones for that.

I guess it’s time for a crash course in Driving 101.

This calls for the little booklet everybody receives for free when they first begin studying for their permit test.

According to the Missouri Driver Guide, Chapter 9, page 61, under “Night Driving,” fourth bullet point from the top, it says, “Use your high beams when there are no oncoming vehicles.”

Yes, it’s right there in black and white for all to see. They did not put the law into effect for people to simply ignore.

On page 57, it states people should use brights to avoid deer on the side of the road. The last time I checked, I was not a deer. So be considerate to the human on the opposite side of the road and turn your brights off.

If being a decent human isn’t enough of a reason to stop using brights when there’s a car around, people can also get fined for improper use of brights due to creating an unsafe environment.

It’s easier to be considerate and turn off the brights for that split second than to be fined or labeled as a jerk.

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