High Beaming Karachi

High-Beam-Cars.jpg I would like to bring into discussion a very serious problem prevalent in Karachi. A number of drivers prefer to drive around the city in full high beams, literally blinding the oncoming traffic which can potentially lead to a serious accident.

Its not only the new cars like the Beamers and Mercs running around Karachi but the Hondas and Toyotas also make some seriously blinding headlights when turned on high-beam. I have seen even small cars like a crappy little Suzuki FX with brilliant headlights as if it was a monster truck on the road, only to realize the crickety mouse behind the lights once I negotiated past the lights. Check this simple picture out, can you honestly safely drive around

I seriously believe that as responsible citizens like us, we should make a serious attempt to educate the educated and teach the illiterate to drive with dimmed lights. Karachi Metbloggers wake up and create change

17 Comments so far

  1. Illusionfs (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 7:54 pm

    I do agree with teeth maestro, there are times when I can see nothing infront of me because of the on coming traffic with their high beams on, then I use my the map I have in my mind of the road *of the possible bumps*

  2. Semester Begins (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

    Agree with your point. But the reference to the mousy cars is snobbish, and not in good taste.

  3. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

    Semester – I do apologize – I wrote it as *for lack of a better word* I do apoogize for that off-the-cuff remark – was innocently intended to poke some honest fun.

  4. su (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

    I completely agree also,high beam is a vulgar show off, bad civic manners and not only it is hazardous to driving! but also bad for the eyesight in general.

  5. Anathema (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 9:22 pm

    i agree about the high beams but u forget. the Corolla’s regularlight is too bright as it is! and soemtimes, the absence of street lights makes it miserable to drive at night, especially when u know someone will pop out of the darkness/pavement.

  6. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    I too, don’t get, why do people like to drive with High beams on…This is just plain simple carelessness…..or idiocracy.

  7. Neelam (unregistered) on January 15th, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

    worst comes worst.. give them a taste of their own medicine! As you can only control the lights on your car but not someone elses! AND if they’ll be unreasonable…..

  8. Inspirex (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 1:37 am

    Its just being selfish…
    i need to see clear…so i put on the high beam…
    do i care about the rest?

    that, my freinds, is sadly the attitude…..
    not only can u NOT see whats infront of you, you can hardly look straight cos the guy behind you is also high beaming!

    so ur rear and side view mirrors are practically helping others in their mission to blind you!!!

  9. zeeshan (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 3:25 am

    when ever i come accros such a kind of situation
    when i do is that ” i give the other guy a dimmer so that he could understand what he/she is doing and even then he/she insist on using high beam i also trun my high beams on so that he could learn a lesson”
    and it works most of time.

  10. Neoxeekhrobe (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 6:26 am

    I agree with Anathema.

    If a dog barks at you, barking back at it won’t change anything.

    I think that the government should put a fine against those who drive with high beams in areas where there are good street lights.

    But then who will fine the government when it fails to provide its people with something as basic as street lights in a big city like Karachi.

  11. Neelam (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 7:28 am

    Well you guys can be as un-realistic as you guys want! Dealth with that crap in KHI… and forget just signaling the other person to let them know there beam lights are bothering us, turned out to be a riot and innocent person who was being beamed @ ended up in jail and harrasement from the police!

    GOod luck to those who are trying to clap with one hand!

  12. Erum (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    Teeth maestro: A very good post!

    It’s the most annoying experience one can have while driving in karachi. I’ve tried many tactics, but nothing seems to work with these deaf and blind drivers. a very good test of patience indeed. But i’ve successfully managed to keep my cool so far and never join them in beaming. well in khi you can witness slow drivers, driving like a snail in the right-hand lanes even at 3am @ sh-e-faisal. And to add to it, the issue of “horn blowing”. I remember when i started driving, i never used to blow horns like crazy to those deaf ladies crossing the road.. till the day i got scolded by dad who said .. blow horn! its better than killing someone and going behind the bars .. and look where i ended up.. now im living in a country where chewing a gum in public is a crime!

  13. Hassan.... (unregistered) on January 16th, 2006 @ 10:23 pm

    Its hillarious to know tht if so many people are so against high beam then why do we have lots of high beam drivers in karachi????

    12 replies and all agreed to wat teeth maestro said……….thts one website, of course there would be many other people on differnt websites; different places, who wud agree to the post but none will be found driving with proper ethics.

    everyone proves so moral while replying to posts but none even give way to old women crossing the road……….

  14. MRK (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 3:59 pm

    it is such an irritating picture..

  15. altaf (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

    Yes i also have to agree. But i think its a sign of the general social mentality. Basically i think the feeling is “hey its dark – lets have as much light as possible – what? the oncoming drivers? – they can take care of themselves!” But lets face it – this attitude is all part of the beauty of Karachi……! – and what are you without attitude…….?

  16. Noman (unregistered) on January 28th, 2006 @ 10:28 am

    TM, Please stop using such language and you know where I am pointing at. This is a public blog and keep your personal prejudices away from this. You never know when you could offend some one. Have fun

  17. Owen (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:21 am

    aeoht errcilqx

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