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The Blinding Truth

Rochelle’s Friday Flash Fiction Challenge – gave me an opportunity today. An image of blinding headlights approaching a car supplied by Author Fleur Lind.

Why has it become legal for cars to have headlights brighter than the sun? I live in an area without streetlights and I have witnessed more than a dozen car crashes, resulting simply from drivers being blinded by headlights. Modern headlights are so bright they completely dazzle and blind oncoming drivers. I think it’s time for fresh regulations to be installed, don’t you?

Here’s a tale befitting this concern.

The Blinding Truth

“Sir, Can you hear me?

Pain wracked every part of my body, “Wha’ hap…?”  

“You crashed. Everything’s going to be okay. Just stay still, alright.”

“Okay,” crunching metal filled my ears. Firefighters cutting me free.

“What do you remember?” asked the paramedic.

“Er … Dazzling white light. He…headlights, I think. Blinded … lost road, argh — darkness.”

“Okay, I’ll administer some pain relief, then we’ll get you to the hospital. You’ll be fine.”

Several surgeries later; I recovered and sent an urgent report to the government.

Death by Headlights – The Blind Truth.
Written by a survivor.


Thanks for reading my friends.

There’s more in the Poetry CornerPoetry Nook, and the Short Story Collection

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  1. When I go for my morning walk it’s dark, and the headlights from the oncoming traffic have blinded me on more than one occasion. I’ve nearly fallen from the path more than once and into the path of the cars

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      1. It goes beyond that.
        I had three publishers screw me from 2017-2019 . Since I’ve been trying to go indie and getting my writing torn apart at every turn by people who were supposed to help. Trouble was they were helping by trying to tell me how bad of a writer I am. ~
        Then last year, it came to full realisation when I tried my hardest to produce something worth reading and the teacher I did it for couldn’t get passed the first page without saying it all needed rewriting.
        That’s me done as an author, now I’m just a mess about writer.

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      2. Fine balance between help and insult. You have great ideas though. Have you used an app called Pro Writing Aid? That app transformed my writing and many writers I know. Taking the pressure off might help. Writing should be joyful.

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      3. Thank you, Tannille. I appreciate your kind words.

        I did look at ProWriting Aid. I used a month’s free trial. I found it far to complex and overwhelming in the way it practically underlined everything in multiple colours, saying it was wrong in terms I couldn’t really understand.
        Beside that, from the last tearing down, I know now that my biggest issue is in my very style being old-fashioned and of bad POV. even in first person, I’m very narrative in that it should read as from that person. My writing style makes it read as narrated from that person’s words by a guy down the road – if that makes sense.
        I don’t have words no matter what I try, to actually get close to characters and of course that what people want these days.

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      4. PWA can be overwhelming. If you ever try PWA again start by learning the grammar and style tabs. Grammar is the spell checker, and style is good for stronger sentences. For the most part that’s all I use.

        Being old-fashioned shouldn’t be a huge issue for self-publishing. I imagine there is a niche. Maybe in cosy mysteries like Holly. People still read classics. Our writer voice does change over the years. I encourage you to keep at it. Third person might be the best fit for you. A writing style you could try is screen writing. Screen writing is dialogue heavy. No internal thoughts and feelings. Little narration. Screen writing taught me a lot.

        Don’t give up. Writing is an odd activity where there is always room for improvement and there is always more to learn.

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      5. Thank you, Tannille.
        I will take all you said on board. I’m honoured that you remember my special sleuth despite her being missing for a while now.
        Soon be prompt day again, I wonder what Rochelle will have for us.

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  2. I totally agree with you. Modern headlights are tooo toooo bright! Just last eve, I almost wrecked because a pickup with those new blue lights topped the hill and blinded me. I had to slam on the brakes because I couldn’t see. Thank goodness there wasn’t anyone behind me. Great story and very to the point.

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  3. This is absolute reality. Here in the States, we have low and high beams in the lights. If you use the high beams, you are supposed to dim them doe oncoming traffic. Most don’t anymore in what I can only call excessive self-interest – “I need to see, and to hell with everyone else!” this was very brief, too the point, and accurate, Mason!

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    1. Hello, Lou! Nice to see you.

      In this prompt you are allowed only 100 words to tell your story. It was a great length to highlight the issue I thought.

      As you say lights are supposed to be dimmed but either on dim they are still too bright or they don’t dim them at all.

      Thanks for reading!

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    1. Thanks Keith.
      The solution is simple. Legislation to force lights to have a maximum safe brightness level. Then car fitness testing agencies will have to check and fail vehicles is they are too bright, forcing car owners to change them.

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    1. Hi, Iain.
      No kidding, just walking with Lucy dog after dark is bad enough when the headlights make everything disappear. At least you can just stop for a moment then. Not so simple when driving at any speed.
      Thanks for reading!

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  4. All we need is automated cars that don’t need lights because it’s not likely human drivers are going to unlearn selfish behavior or that car/ light manufacturers will consider themselves responsible.

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    1. I agree. Automated cars or some laws are the only ways it’ll improve. But coroner’s will have prove people died as a result before a law would be considered.
      Thanks for reading!

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    1. Thank you, Michael.

      It’s getting ridiculous isn’t it. They either don’t realise or don’t care about blinding other road users and causing potential crashes. Something needs changing.

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  5. I’m glad you are speaking to those ungodly bright headlights some (most?) cars have nowadays. I really can’t stand them approaching or blinding in the rearview mirrors. Regulations need to be changed and a major recall so less blinding headlights are installed.

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  6. I recall learning to look to the side of the road when bright lights passed. You’re right that now even that fails because lights are too bright. Fortunately, I seldom drive at night. Well told story, Mason.

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      1. Hi Mason, I agree.
        The problem is the light range may be linked to speed/distance. Would reducing the light strength make any difference?
        I keep my visor down in the dark, sometimes it helps the immediate flash.

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  7. Every time I see bright headlights approaching, I hear my dad’s voice in my head telling me to look down at the lines. I’ve been guilty a few times when I’ve forgotten the high beams were on. My current car has a sensor that automatically dims them. That’s a nice feature.

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