THE PROSPECTS OF DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS FOR REDUCING VEHICLE CRASHES IN THE UNITED STATES

Seven countries require motor vehicles to have lights on during all daytime periods--Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Studies from these and other countries have generally indicated that daytime running lights use is associated with small to moderate reductions in multiple-vehicle daytime crashes, especially those involving vehicles approaching from the front or side. The bulk of the evidence suggests that running lights do not lead to increases in collisions involving pedestrians and pedalcyclists, allaying concerns that there would be negative consequences of making these road users relatively less conspicuous. The concern has been expressed that running lights may lose their effectiveness in countries located at lower latitudes, such as the U.S., because the lights will provide less of a contrast. General Motors Corporation and some other manufacturers are now providing running lights on new models with higher intensities than are used in Scandinavian countries.

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    U.S. Public Health Service

    Parklawn Building, Room 13C-26, 5600 Fishers Lane
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    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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    Arlington, VA  United States  22201
  • Authors:
    • Williams, A F
    • Lancaster, K A
  • Publication Date: 1995-5

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00728966
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 2 1996 12:00AM