Wired – July 13, 2014 How to avoid headlights on a highway by turning off the headlights and running to the side.
The journey from the village of Konosha, in southern Japan, to the city of Kumamoto has been a long and winding one, from a little town in the central plains of Japan to the most distant point on the world map.
There’s a road that takes you to the northernmost point on earth.
But when you start the journey, there’s a bright light shining down from the sky.
You turn the headlights on and the lights flicker.
At first, you can see the road for a few hundred metres but it’s too bright to see the stars.
Then, it’s all you can do to see anything.
“The first thing I did when I came here was look at the road,” says Kan-Yuichi Yoshimura, a farmer who came from Tokyo.
“I had a vision.
It was like an image in my mind.
Suddenly, the lights were on.
My first thought was ‘Where did that come from?'”
There are two main roads on the journey.
One leads to Kumamoto, the second to Kawasaki.
And there’s nothing to stop you from turning off your headlights on both roads at the same time, or from stopping at one point to wait for the lights to go out.
This, for many, is the reason why the journey has taken so long.
As you travel, you’ll be travelling at a high speed, and you’ll need to stay alert and aware of the road ahead.
I asked Yoshimura what he thought the main difference between the two roads was.
He says: “When you travel on a road, it takes about 40 minutes.
On the road, there is a lot of darkness.
When I’m going at a fast speed, I have a lot less darkness.”
“It’s a bit like travelling on a bicycle.”
There is a big difference in the road’s lighting.
In the village, there are no headlights on either road.
They’re only lit by streetlights.
Driving in the dark is a dangerous game.
If you do get hit by a car, the driver will have no idea if you’re wearing a headlight.
So, as Yoshimura puts it, it can be dangerous.
People are driving at a speed of 30km/h on the road.
In Kawasaki, drivers have to keep their speed to 30kmh because they have to use the lights.
For the most part, though, they’re not being careless, either.
Yoshimura says: “I’m not scared of anything.
I don’t have any fear.”
YOSHIMURA KEN-YUSHI, an engineer, has lived in Kumamoto for 17 years.
We met on a weekday in November last year, and he was working on a computer program that could analyse the traffic lights on a given route.
To see how far away they were, he’d use the computer and map the area to the nearest town.
That’s how he knew the lights would be on the first road.
But he had to wait until the second road, so he could use the headlights to spot the other road.
“It’s like driving on a bike,” he says.
A bit like driving a car.
It’s the same in Kawasaki too.
Even though the road is dark, you have to stay at the back.
KANSAS CITY, MOKESHORE (AP) It’s about the same as driving a bicycle on a mountain road.
You have to remain at the front and keep your distance.
LOUISVILLE, KY (AP/WKYT) “It takes me a long time to go from one road to the other,” says Kawasaki driver Takashi Sakamoto.
His wife says the lights are on because of safety concerns.
She says:”I don’t want to hurt anybody, and it’s safer if we turn off the lights.”
But she also says it’s better to turn off a light than to let a car drive down the road and hit people.
Sakamoto, whose wife is from Tokyo, says:It’s all about safety, he says, and the road safety rules are different here.
MISSOULA, MISSOURI (AP / CBS) The lights are only on when you’re driving at about 30kmph (19mph).
You have a choice.
YOUNGER KANSAS, MO (AP)(AP) You can turn off headlights on at night.
Or, you may have to wait in the rain to turn them on.
You can drive a vehicle through rain.
What you can’t