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Message Monday - Rain or snow headlights glow


3-27 message mondayIt’s springtime in Iowa. Anyone who has lived in the state for a while knows how random spring rain or snow showers can pop up at any time. When precipitation is coming down, remember to turn on your headlights – not only to see, but to be seen.

Do you remember how to manually turn on your headlights? Many drivers rely on the “auto” setting to turn the lights on and off in low light situations. These switches may not be sensitive enough to turn on the lights in snow or rain on gray, cloudy days. You may have to do it yourself.

Here’s a link to some interesting research from Carnegie Mellon University on new headlight technology that sees through rain and snow -

The fatality count of 55 is an increase of two since last Monday. Preliminary number show that in all of 2016, 404 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality count

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Iowa highway in the evening