HID’s – A Glaring Problem in Oregon

The hottest trend nowadays in headlights is installing HIDs, or High Intensity Discharge lights. Proponents of the new HID_35lights say the crystal blue color highlights the road and cuts through the fog better than the typical halogen lights.

However, HID opponents say those lights can be blinding in the darkness and make it dangerous when trying to share the road. Many of them are also illegal. Oregon State Troopers pull over drivers daily for the illegal lights, which are most often bought from the internet and installed incorrectly.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, improperly installed headlights can throw out as much as three times the amount of glare legal headlight put out.

Here’s why – think of your headlight like a flashlight, and inside is the bulb. A halogen bulb is shorter than an HID bulb. BrightLightA longer HID bulb filament widens-out the beam. That sends more glare out of the side of the light, right into drivers’ eyes. Additionally, older drivers are more at risk for being blinded by the ultra-bright lights because the retina in the back of the eye takes longer to recover after getting hit with bright light as you age.

According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Douglas Brown, the illegally bright headlights can have tragic consequences.

“I’ve had cases where they’ve swerved across into the oncoming lanes and hit the car that was blinding them,” says Brown.

So what can you do to be safe? If you do purchase HID lights, make sure they say DOT approved and take them to a certified dealer service center like ours to get them properly installed. If you are blinded by illegally bright HID lights on the road, pull over and the let the vehicle pass if possible. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Spy Shots Show Next Generation Hyundai Genesis AWD

Image courtesy:  motortrend.com

Image courtesy: motortrend.com

LED headlights and All-Wheel Drive.  Those are two of the updates it appears Hyundai’s making to the Genesis sedan, according to recent spy shots taken in Sweden.  The Genesis is thoroughly camouflaged with the exception of the headlamps and the window sticker proclaiming “4WD AT”.  Another clue was the fact that testing was taking place in the snow!  For more on the updates click here or here.

Sources:  www.motortrend.com, www.autoblog.com


The 2013 Ford F-150 Revealed!

Ford’s given us yet another truck to look forward to with this morning’s first-look at the 2013  F-150.  At first glance it’s easy to mistake the ’13 model for this year’s version.  But further inspection reveals a series of tweaks, specifically a new grille design, L-shaped headlights, and new 18- and 20-inch wheel options.  The interior also got a mini-face life with a remodeled center stack including LCD screen and My Ford Touch, the updated version of Synch.  And if you like your ride plush, take a spin in an F-150 Limited, the new high-end luxury version.

It’s unclear when the ’13s will roll onto lots but one thing’s for sure:  Ford’s counting on this next generation to continue the F-150’s 30-year reign as America’s Best Selling Truck.

To learn more about the 2013 Ford F-150 Series read the official Ford press release at http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/04/2013-ford-f-150-debuts-with-slight-enhancements/


Watch Raj Sarkar, F-150 Marketing Manager, talk about the changes: