A the title says, I'm interested in views on the best option for front lights - flashing or continuous?
I've always been in favour of a continuous front light, and am pretty sure that is what is required in Highway Code. When I've seen cyclists coming towards me with powerful front lights that are flashing, as a cyclist or car driver I've always found them to be too distracting, and quite dangerous as it's difficult to see clearly with the strobing effect.
An incident yesterday got me thinking about this. I have to cross a fairly busy road on my commute. It's not a cross roads - it's two offset junctions (turn left onto main road, then immediately turn right onto side road). If there's a lot of traffic I usually have to pull into the filter lane in the middle of the road an wait to turn right. Yesterday I'm waiting there in the middle of the filter lane while a series of cars pass. It's dull, but not dark. There's a bit of a blind bend ahead with a cyclist (close to the gutter) coming down the road. No problem with him, but there's a car intent on overtaking him that is coming directly towards me heading for the filter lane that I'm in. From the look on the drivers face it is clear that they have not noticed me, despite my front light ~600-900 lumens shining constantly towards them. Fortunately they pulled in about 15-20m ahead of me and both cyclist and car passed me at the same time. It was a bit of a "oh s**t!" moment.
So, is the driver more likely to notice me with a flashing light? Or would a flashing light have been more distracting to the oncoming cyclist and driver affecting their vision and making an accident more likely.
What do you think?