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4x4 driver blissfully unaware of headlights on full beam

Inconsiderate so and so wreaks havoc on busy rural A-road

Published: 17 Nov 2023

Here’s TopGear.com’s roving correspondent, Cory Spondent, with his mostly incorrect exclusives from the world of motoring

The driver of a 4x4 has caused untold chaos on a busy country road at rush hour after failing to notice - or possibly care - that their headlights were on full beam and dazzling other road users.

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The incident occurred yesterday at around 6.30pm on the A37 near Yeovil, where drivers have been trundling home in complete darkness ever since the clocks went back at the end of October.

Most drivers have taken this seasonal transition in their stride, but a small minority of people have still not grasped the basic etiquette of dipping their lights when faced with oncoming traffic.

It’s not clear precisely what vehicle this driver was using because every single witness was left practically blind, as though standing mere feet away from the surface of the Sun.

“I was pootling home after a long day at the office when suddenly this searing white light appeared from nowhere,” said one victim. “At first I thought it was a tear in the fabric of space and time but I soon realised it was just some twerp in a Land Rover. Screw matrix LEDs, honestly.”

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Another added: “As soon as that bloke or lass rounded the corner I was flashing my lights like crazy trying to get them to recognise the error of their ways. But they just carried on regardless. Now my field of vision is filled with blobs of colour… I think my retinas are done for.”

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police has admitted that events like this are happening more frequently, despite the advent of high beam assistance technology making it “easier than ever to not behave like a twonk”.

They continued: “Drivers are reminded that dazzling others could be punished as careless or inconsiderate driving under the Road Traffic Act 1988. Unfortunately all we can do is dish out penalty points for now. When we rang the Home Office asking for more powers it went straight to voicemail.”

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