Lights are only part of the problem. Daylight is just as dangerous for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. It’s not seeing. Cars over 3 years old are, at least, tested every year. But not the driver. I was horrified when I went for my last eye-test which prescribed stronger lenses for my long range vision.
Being at an age when one is becoming more forgetful I asked if I would still be legal if I drove without. The answer was ‘no problem’ That’s the problem. Plus my cockpit is equipped with all the latest gizmos for hands-free communication - an entertainment manual bigger than the car manual, warm and snug and protected from the elements.
It is difficult to maintain the level of alertness necessary for safe driving. Plus the training to drive is woeful. As a motorcyclist you are taught to not trust your mirrors, look over your shoulder before turning. How many drivers do that? Near zero.
It’s very different on the outside - you have no alternative but be alert, to track a path through the congestion whilst avoiding the pot holes and trying to out-think the drivers around you. This can be challenging. Yes there are poor riders but they are mostly a danger to themselves. Poor drivers, on the other hand … and aren’t we all sometimes?
When it comes to KSIs we really must try to avoid victim blaming.