Forid Khonikar, who rides a motorcycle, says there is a need of maximum medians on roads with heavy night traffic and also explains giving a dip-and-dim signal to the incoming vehicles never helps because heavy vehicle drivers barely note motorcyclists coming in the opposite direction. He further states motorcyclists and small car drivers are mostly exposed to accidents at night.
A car accessories shopkeeper says most workshops use spare parts of light motor vehicles in heavy-weight vehicles like trucks and trailers. “I have come across auto mechanics who fit a Bolero’s headlight in a truck which is completely incorrect as headlights are made to go with the particular vehicle’s height. An incorrect headlight would affect the light falling somewhere else than on the road, which even puts the driver of that vehicle at risk,” he expresses.
Adding to the problem is the fact that some motorists, especially young people driving expensive cars, decorate their vehicles with attractive light-emitting stuffs and powerful headlamps mounted on the top for a modified look.
A senior citizen explains that speeding vehicles, fitted with glittering lights, time and again frighten two-wheeler riders, mainly families returning home after evening shopping. The dominant beams from such lights have a tendency to sweep upwards, always blinding drivers approaching from the opposite direction.
He explains poor visibility junctions, failure to highlight medians and roundabouts, large number of powerful new generation vehicles and motorcycles, driving habits of private bus and truck drivers, drunk driving, disregard to traffic signals, casual approach towards the use seat-belts and helmets, and drowsy drivers are the reason of night-time accidents.
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