I have a member of my family, my mom that is the worst driver when around bikes. In the last two weeks she has almsot hit two bikes at the same intersection at night. The intersection is fairly well lit, no problems there. One person on a bike had lights, one did not. Last time I was in the car and saw the guy with no lights and thought she did too, when she was not braking I screamed at her and she finally slammed on her brakes at the last minute.
She knows the bike have the same rights on the road, etc. I have told her time and time again to be careful when driving at night. She thinks that even bright bike lights (like niterider halogen lighting) is not bright enough. I use a 6 watt niterider system on my bike and never have any problems with drivers. She does think that the HID night rider kit is bright enough.
I know the cyclists have to assume that they are not seen. How do we get people who even "know" the rules to watch for cyclists at night? Oh ya this is the same person who yells at me every time I go for a night ride. Does it really take someone hitting a cyclist to cause them the relize what is going on. I know for sure that I am extra careful at night.