In Alaska, this time of year, if you intend to go some distance away and return you will probably drive some of it in the dark. Icy roads and a medley of headlights greet you during this portion of your journey. Some lights are pointed down and some are stubbornly pointed up and some autos sport a duo or quad of lights pointing in both directions. Blue lights are also becoming more common and more blinding. The stubborn high-beamers can be mildly chastised by flicking your lights but the cross-eyed headlight owners blithely shine one light continuously in approaching eyes bent on desperately maintaining a connection with the road shoulder.
I think it’s illegal to have unaligned lights on your vehicle, but I guess it’s difficult to enforce this law — so it’s not enforced.
I’ll bet a little attention by the law might get a few people to care a bit. There’s really a gold mine opportunity here for a business specializing in aligning headlights.
Our motto: Welcome to Alaska and Scary Nighttime Driving.
— Dick Palmatier