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Club news: 20% of vehicles in Belgium have defective headlights, reports Touring


Publication date: 23 January 2017


According to a new research by Touring Club Belgium (Touring), 20% of drivers are incorrectly using vehicle headlights. Nearly a quarter of drivers forget to use their headlights in rainy or in dark weather, endangering the lives of other road users as more than 60% of accidents occur in the dark.

Annually, nearly 400,000 vehicles do not pass the roadworthiness test due to dipped headlight beams and this problem has been in the top five list of issues for years. Despite fines imposed on offenders, the use of vehicles with defective headlights is increasing.

Nevertheless, Touring encourages drivers to pay more attention to their headlights since ‘seeing’ and ‘being seen’ are vital for road safety. The motivation for behavioural change should be based on concern for one’s safety and the safety of the other road users



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