One of the most troubling aspects of driving on Indian roads is the tendency of motorists to use the high-beam on their vehicles at all times during the night. This makes life extremely difficult for oncoming traffic, blinding them and causing accidents.
Someone in China seems to have realized this is a problem that needs to be solved and for that, they have come up with a pretty innovative yet simple solution. People are now putting glow-in-the-dark stickers on the rear windshields of their cars, which light up when illuminated by the high-beam of the car behind them. The driver behind them gets the shock of his life as the glowing stickers reveal monsters, ghosts or other scary characters right in front of them. Although the intention was to make people switch to low beams for the benefit of everyone, these stickers have instead caused an increase in the number of road accidents in China as shell-shocked drivers lose control of their vehicles on seeing these decals.
Because of this, the Chinese traffic police are not too pleased with these glowing ghouls. Plans have been made to penalise drivers found to be using these stickers, which can be purchased online for as little as $3. But as with everything else, where there is a will, there is a way and people have found a method to make their point while staying within the confines of the law. With the police cracking down, motorists are now sticking glow-in-the-dark lines of text to politely (or not) ask the driver behind them to switch to low-beam. Whether that makes a difference to drivers remains to be seen, but it is a start.
Driving conditions in India are not too dissimilar and, although we don’t recommend the shock-treatment stickers, it would be interesting to see how things unfold if a more subtle approach is tried in these parts. Would it finally embarrass people to stop using high-beam at night? Or as with most things, will they choose to ignore it and carry on in their merry ways? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!