Study gives dim assessment of headlights on pickup trucks

Do you know for sure that your headlights are aimed properly? If they illuminate only the street right in front of your car, they're probably too low. If other drivers are flashing their high beams at you, they might be too high. Joe Wiesenfelder of Cars.

A new report criticizes the performance of headlights on most pickup trucks. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at 11 pickups equipped with 23 different headlight options and found just one earned top marks. Another was ranked acceptable.

Of the trucks that received a poor rating is the new Ford F-150. Despite being one of the institute’s highest rated pickup, its headlight performance – even the LED lights – was deemed “inadequate” in all test scenarios.

And there’s concern that many of the cars tested have headlights that simply do not provide enough light to give a driver time to avoid an obstacle at freeway speeds.

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