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October 2, 1967

Driving Hazards From Reflections

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Harlingen, Tex

JAMA. 1967;202(1):72. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130140130035

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Hugh A. Johnson (201:143, 1967) stressed the hazard of blinding reflections from chromiumplated windshield wipers. He is so right, but he didn't go far enough.The rule should be: "There must be no surface within the driver's visual field that can reflect enough light to impair his vision." It doesn't take the metallic shine of chromium, aluminum, brass, or steel; if you drive toward the sun even the waxed surface of your hood can impair your vision.There's a lot we can do (and the auto industry should have done) about reflections on fixed objects within the driver's visual field. All should be dull. Hoods, headlights, spokes of steering wheels and horn rings, door handles, all exposed surfaces on dashboards, and above all, the glove compartment door should be made dull and dark, and never mind the beauty of the car! In some cars the