Just home from an epic two-week drive to Innuvik, NWT, and back to Vancouver in my Acura Integra (yeah, that's the top of Canada, eh?) and was struck by how many fools drive these two-lane high-speed highways where pulling into the oncoming lane to pass is legal and common WITHOUT TURNING THEIR HEADLIGHTS ON!!! Yes, I mean in the daytime.
Even quite a few of the professional truckers in there huge semis.
Now, who out there doesn't agree that turning on your headlights is just about the easiest and most effective safety enhancement IMAGINABLE in this situation? And this in a country that has mandated DRLs on new cars for what, ten years?
I would love to see a law enforcement mandate to enducate the numb masses on this.
A colleage's wife lost most of her family in a head-on between their minivan and a truck (unknown size) that crossed the line recently, somewhere on Vancouver Island. What do you think the odds are that the truck was pulling out to pass and somebody wasn't running their headlights? I'd say pretty good.
Oh, and another thing, not sure of actual law here, but it's been statistically proven that driving with just your parking lights on (amber) but no headlights actually increases your chances of someone turning in front of you (or pulling out to pass) because it aparrently sends the wrong signal about how far away you are, and/or how fast you are moving. So all of you fools out there driving around with your parking lights on but no headlights who think you're so slick, GET OVER IT AND TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS! They're called PARKING LIGHTS for a reasong. They are NOT "running lights."
Yes, there are a few newer and top-end vehicles that are equipped with specially bright "running lights" for this use, but they are rare and the exception.