Of all the headlights I have restored, the vehicle age ranges are 6 to 16 years old, and researchers citing a survey of parents in May of 2014, show that 60 percent of teenagers drive cars from 8 to 11 years old on average. So distorted headlights could very well be a contributing factor to the following crash stats.
Reference: USA Today - Study Finds Half of U.S. Teen Drivers Killed in Crashes Had Old Cars!
Although the condition of a vehicles headlights are rarely mentioned in auto crash reports; poor visibility is mentioned quite often, usually relating it to poor or no street lighting.
Since there are laws governing the projection and distance of automotive headlights, I just cant understand why these cases of "poor visibility" aren't investigated more!
Anyway, we all know that most teens don't seem to take us seriously about our concerns regarding their driving safety, because in general kids are fearless! Many of us remember when we got our first car, some of us drove in ways that could have gotten us killed; That's what scares us the most about our children driving, we've been there, done that!
Of course good Brakes, Tires, working Headlights & Taillights, Windshield Wipers & clean windows (Mirrors) as well as clean headlight lenses; and every vehicle should have a Roadside Emergency Kit! These should be top priority for everyone's driving safety!
So it's left up to you, the parent to teach them good driving habits and to provide the safest environment for your children to drive in, and hope for the best!
Reference these articles below, for more information about the safest New and Used vehicles on the road today; Jan. 2015.
Download the full Teen Crash study on pdf from www.iihs.org :
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