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It seems like most people drive with their high beams on at night on STX. Rarely do drivers dim them. Flashing mine might just lead to road rage so, at this point, I'm inclined to just leave mine on all the time too. Any thoughts on this subject?

Posted : December 6, 2008 1:15 am
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As nice as people are to let you in almost anywhere....driving with highbeams and not using turn signals "drives" me crazy hahahaha

Posted : December 6, 2008 1:27 am
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The lights on most left hand drive cars are aimed to United States roads. They light up the right side of the road more than the left side.This makes even the low beams hit you eyes when you drive on the left side of the road. Still with me ?The lights can be readjusted, but no one bothers.
Plus its very dark on the STX roads and the high beams help you see. I like to wear my dark glasses so I can see better. Also rum causes night blindness or so I have been told.

Posted : December 6, 2008 1:34 am
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The cars in STX only have the hi-beams..............and or 1 head light & 1 working brake light, no turn signals.

Posted : December 6, 2008 1:37 am
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sugar, two wrongs don't make a right. Keep flashing your lights.

Posted : December 6, 2008 2:01 am
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Some of the newer cars have lights that are "fluted" to light up the street lights on the right side of the road. If you look at them when facing a wall, you can see some of them shine a light across then up the right side. Of course they are made for driving on the right.

Posted : December 6, 2008 3:59 am
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When in the islands I always drive at night with my high-beams on. However, whenever a car approaches from the other direction I switch them to low until they are past me, then switch them to high again. It's been my experience that most people who also drive with their high-beams on will switch theirs to low in response to me switching mine to low.

Posted : December 6, 2008 1:41 pm
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One of the reasons I bought a Jeep was so I would sit up a little higher than most cars. That seems to help with my night driving/vision. Of course, there are so many Jeeps on STX, plus monster pick-up trucks, I'm not sure how much it helps. The worst is the new lights some of the younger people seem to like. Not sure what they are called, but they are blinding, even during the day. They must be illegal, but then so is a radio blaring so loud it shakes your car. I can tune it out most of the time, but I have to wonder if when these guys are 45 (and deaf) if they will still not have any respect for other people.

Posted : December 6, 2008 2:01 pm
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I think its extremely disrespectful and dangerous to other drivers to not lower your high beams when you pass. Seems like this is a ticketable offense, correct? I'd rather see them enforce this than the stupid cell phone law (just read other thread) as it is definitely a safety thing, I can't see what's ahead of me if you've blinded me.

I flash people...if theirs road rage bring it on, I'll fight you over it 🙂 Hopefullly flashing makes the person realize they forgot to take their high beams off and they simply fix the problem.

The thing about stateside cars pointing right is interesting though and makes sense.


Posted : December 6, 2008 2:50 pm
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It wouldn't be so bad if they would paint (or repaint) some LINES on the roads so you could SEE the edge of the road or the centerline as you averted your eyes.

I've been on STX for six months, and I have yet to see one single road crew actually fixing a road (and it's not for lack of projects).

I've seen evidence of their existence in some locations, but few others.
But the government seems FAR more worried about the tall grass on the roadside.
Frankly, they should LEAVE the grass alone.... it hides the empty water and beer bottles. And the grass doesn't rattle your teeth.

They did finally fill the enormous potholes on Paradise Rd. (tu)
And I noticed they dumped some gravel in the deep pothole on the northside road east of Country Day, -but within 3 days the gravel had been thrown out and the hole is back. The two deep AXLE BUSTING potholes on the River Rd.
You'd think the taxi drivers and rental car companies would be screaming bloody murder.

What this island needs is a Midnight Asphalt Avenger. How much does that stuff cost?

Posted : December 6, 2008 10:58 pm
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Pssssst Neil...........the monies for road repairs were diverted into the general fund to support the hefty $21 million government bi-weekly sals. and budget busting retirement plans.........but finally a vote was passed to return the monies back to the road fund & repairs are supposedly...Soon Come?!
Oh what shall those poor Senators do, the Road Repair Grinch stole their Christmas..............booooooohoooooooooo!

Posted : December 7, 2008 12:19 am
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I have been flashed and have flashed back because my brights aren't on. It has happened on more than one occasion. I drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee 2007 so the lights are set to stateside roads.

Posted : December 7, 2008 12:46 pm
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Actually I want our grass cut, on the east end it grows so big and log (and its thick brush, full of thick branches) that it forces you into the center of the road.

Posted : December 7, 2008 12:49 pm
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Islandtyme: I read that! and read you. So you're saying we really DO need a "Midnight Asphalt Avenger" right?

Betty: You're right, that grass does hurt when it whips your elbow propped in your open window to hold the phone. 😉

Just give me ONE of those grass crews, a truck loaded with asphalt, one of those little steamrollers, 2 cases of beer, and I'll have all the major holes filled in 24 hours.

Posted : December 7, 2008 2:06 pm
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hahaha, I know your teasing, but you know I'm talking about all those thick branches, they're like island bamboo, they grow everywhere, very strong and bendable.

Posted : December 7, 2008 2:10 pm
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Neil, I have a cape you can borrow & willing to buy the 1st case of beer!!!!!
Isn't it about time for the yearly winter mow in the east............generally about Xmas/New Yr time frame?
Plus some areas in the east have HOA's & our dues pay for trimming and minor road repairs...........again about 1-2 times a yr.

Posted : December 7, 2008 2:24 pm
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