No need to light up in the day

I refer to the article of last week s Comet regarding B&Q s One Planet Living Awards and, whilst I have no intention of applying for an award, I would like, through the letters page of your paper to make a suggestion which will not cost anyone anything bu

I refer to the article of last week's Comet regarding B&Q's One Planet Living Awards and, whilst I have no intention of applying for an award, I would like, through the letters page of your paper to make a suggestion which will not cost anyone anything but will make a contribution not only to improved safety on the roads of Comet country, but supports the environment and saves energy. My suggestion is that car drivers should be discouraged from driving in daylight, when there is good visibility, with their headlights on.

It is a misconception that there is some safety benefit from lights used during the day on cars, as increasing research is proving, in fact countries that at one time made headlights compulsory have found that accidents and fatalities increased. On top of the safety aspect, a vehicle will use between 1.5 - 2% more fuel with unnecessary lights.

The local bus companies seem to insist that drivers use lights at all times and there is a large minority of drivers who put on their lights to drive out of their garage and leave the engine running whilst they prepare for whatever trip they are planning. Why? Even Volvo cars can be adjusted so that the driver has control of the light switch. So help your country, do not switch on.

TONY HAYLLAR, Glebe View, Walkern


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