I’ve even fallen for this myself (“The dash is illuminated and I can see beams in front of me. Obviously, my headlights are on!”). Modern car manufacturers are embracing technology at the expense of the engineer’s worst enemy: human factors.
The night, I’m told, is dark and full of terrors. That’s why we have lights on our cars. And while lighting is unquestionably better than it’s ever been, ironically, two pieces of relatively new lighting technology actually seem to be making things worse, visibility-wise, partially because they’re too good. Let me explain.