I have noticed over the recent few year a lot of cars that drive 1. without headlights on at night 2. with high beams on at night while they seem completely unaware of it (e.g. in a residential area with a lot of traffic). It drives me nuts. As for the first problem, I think it is because a) more cars have dashboards that are back-lit without the lights being on that suggest the lights are on while they are not b) cars have day light running lights that give some light which makes the driver believe their lights are on c) more cars have automatic lights and the driver doesn’t realize the lights are actually fully turned off instead of in the auto on/off setting. For the second issue I have no explanation. Are you aware of any statistics backing up my subjective perception and is anything being done about it at a NTHSA level?
By the way, I have filled in my yr/make/model as it was mandatory but it has nothing to do with my question.