Last updated on May 16, 2017 at 02:40 pm
If you’re having a hard time seeing the road at night, it might not be completely because of your eyes, according to a new headlights study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Only the highest trim level of the Toyota Prius v earned a “good” headlights rating in the study, which evaluated 31 2016 model year cars, ranging from affordable to luxury models. The cars were tested on the IIHS testing track after dark. The tests considered both low and high beams, but weighted low beams more because they are used more frequently. The study’s bottom line? There’s room for improvement on headlight design.
From the IIHS:
The ability to see the road ahead, along with any pedestrians, bicyclists or obstacles, is an obvious essential for drivers. However, government standards for headlights, based on laboratory tests, allow huge variation in the amount of illumination that headlights provide in actual on-road driving. With about half of traffic deaths occurring either in the dark or in dawn or dusk conditions, improved headlights have the potential to bring about substantial reductions in fatalities.
The “acceptable” headlights category, the second level, included cars from manufacturers like Audi, Honda, Lexus, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. Here’s a video showing how the IIHS conducted its study:
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