What I learned from car headlights and how it can be applied today

Where are the headlights placed on an automobile?  What does that matter?

As a continuation from my last post about mirrors (see it here), we can learn a lot from how automobile manufacturers make cars.  As an aside, the blue headlights should not be legal.  (Sorry, that is just something that drives me crazy and blinds me whenever I see them.)  There are a few simple lessons to learn from the placement.

  1. They are obviously on the front and not the back of the car.  This is based upon the need to see in front of you much more than behind you.
  2. They typically come on without you turning them on, thank you for the automatic switch.  This silently conveys the message they are so important, we need to eliminate the possibility of driving without them on.  The determination has been taken a step further with the day time running lights.

By this point you are probably thinking…so what?  If I told you I had a car which could run at speeds up to 150mph and I wanted to let you drive it, what would you say?  If you are anything like me your answer would be a resounding, “Yes”.  But what if I told you it had to be done at night and the car didn’t have any headlights?  I don’t know about you, but I’m out.

Where there is darkness, there is fear.  Where there is darkness, there is paralysis.  Just like the car headlights provide the ability to see, they also remove fear from what can’t be seen.  When the lights go out at your home, what is the first thing you begin to search for?  Some sort of light.

Just as lights on the front of cars remove fear from traveling at night, bright lights from oncoming traffic can blind you.  Even good things, if not used properly can do harm.

Where is your light?  Is it under a bushel?  Is it lighting the path for someone who will come after you?

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