Howard Bashinski: Turn on headlights
January 16, 2014
I fervently implore Yampa Valley drivers to turn on their headlights during conditions of reduced driving visibility during the day. Headlights should be turned on in snow, rain or fog conditions, each of which we encounter in our area.
Although many vehicles have automatic running lights for daytime driving, these systems do not turn on taillights. The same is true of turning on your parking lights (usually the first click on your lighting knob) — no taillights.
During the intense snowing and blowing late last week, I lost count of the number of vehicles I encountered on my drive into Steamboat Springs from Stagecoach with no lights on. I almost ran into a slow-moving truck with no taillights on.
This is not a locals versus visitors issue. Most of the vehicles I see with no headlights have Colorado license plates.
In conditions of reduced driving visibility, all drivers need to turn on their full headlights. It is a matter of common courtesy and highway safety. Please, please remember to turn on your headlights during the daytime in the rain, snow or fog.