Daytime running lights increase visual contrast between vehicles and their background, improving their noticeability and detectability.
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.
There is evidence also that initial positive effects of daytime running lights do not dissipate over time, that is, there is little support for novelty or habituation effects.
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 United States, 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.
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique sanitaire, Accident circulation, Prévention, Eclairage véhicule, Jour, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health policy, Traffic accident, Prevention, Vehicle lighting, Day, United States, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0434500
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 01/03/1996.