Something scared the hell out of me the other evening. I was on taxi duty, bringing my daughter and a few of her friends to a party, when I pulled out of a street onto a main road and severely underestimated the distance of an approaching motorbike.
It was mid-twilight, you know, mostly dark at eye level but with a half-bright blue sky, headlights definitely required on the road. The problem was the motorcyclist’s idea of a headlight: blue LED’s. Not sure if it’s just me with my short-sighted eyes which the glasses do a good job of correcting, but I find those blue LED’s very hard to focus on and therefore it is difficult to judge their distance.
As I pulled up, I saw the light, dimmer than expected, and the wrong colour for a headlight, and thought was it was a blue reflector marking the site of a fire hydrant further up near the bend. Must simply be another light shining off it from somewhere, I figured.
After I slowed and began pulling out I realised it was moving, and there was the silhouette of the rider around the reflector… light. And he was close enough that I should probably get out of his way.
In the end there was no collision but it was a closer call than I would have liked. It still got my back up.
Have you seen these blue “headlights”? Are they and should they be legal? On motorcycles? How about on cars?
Does anyone else who wears glasses have trouble with blue LED’s?
Thoughts and comments appreciated. 🙂