TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 19.38 DATE: September 22, 2019
SUBJECT: CAN YOU BE SEEN?
During overcast weather and just about dusk, it's hard to see or make out items even a short distant away. Even on winding, crooked roads it's hard to see oncoming vehicles. By turning on the headlights of your vehicle you can be seen from a great distance.
If your headlights are turned on, you can be seen, even if it's just a glance by cars or trucks coming from the opposite direction. Just a glimpse of an oncoming vehicle's headlights will warn you to slow down and keep your vehicle under control so the vehicles can pass more easily.
It only takes a short glimpse to warn you there is danger coming your way. If someone is about to pull out of a side street or road, just that short glimpse of your headlights may cause them to delay pulling out in front of you, making both of your days a lot better.
The law in West Virginia requires that your headlights be on if you are running your windshield wipers. The next time you are out driving, look around and see which vehicles you can see better, the ones with their headlights on, or the ones with them off. Remember running your headlights during the day isn't so that you can see better, it's so that you can be seen better.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV