It’s weird how you guys say that people tell you your lights are on. Maybe it’s because you’re Caucasian and people just want any excuse to talk to you? I’m ethnically Chinese and if it’s a little dark, rainy or overcast, or if I forget to turn off the scooter headlights from the night before, I ride around with them on and nobody has ever said anything to me.
In terms of the high-beams, well, that’s the term we use in Toronto, but it’s not just Taiwanese drivers that do it! It’s ALL Chinese all over the world. Haha… just kidding. Actually, it really annoyed me driving around the streets of Toronto when a car with its high-beams would come barreling up from behind and blind you through your own rear-view mirror. So one time, I got out and told this Asian dude that his damn high beams were on! And he was like, “What? Oh really? Oh sorry!” Haha… and then another time, I told this South Asian dude that his damn high beams were on, and he was like, “No, they aren’t.” And they weren’t. Must’ve been some shoddy mechanic who put in his Civic headlights tilted.
Where I live in Yonghe and where I ride around (Taipei Zhongzheng and Da’an), I do sometimes encounter high-beamers, but not much. I more so encounter scooter fools riding around without lights on. I’ve almost been smashed by many scooters coming down a dark street with no lights on. WTF, it’s not like they’re Batman and can’t risk being detected by The Joker or something.
It’s also a fact that a lot of Taiwanese think that headlights are not needed on well-lit roads at night.
It’s also another fact that headlights use electricity, which comes from the battery, which is in turn charged by the alternator that is spinning whether or not the battery likes it.