IIHS Top Safety Rating to Include Better Headlights


Robert T. Lynch, P.E., Principal Collision Reconstruction Engineer
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just announced that 2020 model year vehicles qualifying for the Top Safety Pick+ award need to have “good” or “acceptable” headlights as standard equipment. IIHS feels that this will encourage automakers to stop equipping vehicles with poor headlights that don’t light the road.
About half of all fatal crashes in the U.S. occur in the dark, and more than a quarter occur on unlit roads. The overwhelming majority of fatal pedestrian collisions occur at night. Headlights have an obvious role to play in preventing nighttime crashes, but not all headlights perform their job equally. Differences in bulb type, headlights technology and even the aim of the headlights all affect the amount of useful light on the roadway ahead. Continue reading “IIHS Top Safety Rating to Include Better Headlights”