The brightness of the lights and arrows on the dashboard is unnaturally bright
The brightness of the lights and arrows on the dashboard is unnaturally bright, who knows how to lower it? Problem with regular and replaced vehicles.
Try lowering these values in 'visualsettings.dat' (your exact values will differ):
car.defaultlight.day.emissive.on 50.50 car.defaultlight.night.emissive.on 10.50 car.defaultlight.day.emissive.off 0.003 car.defaultlight.night.emissive.off 0.003
Be aware these settings also control the brightness of Police flashing lightbar lights so lowering the values will make them appear dimmer also. The values above are a good starting point for finding a balance between the two.
Another way is to edit the dashboard textures of each vehicle individually to either darken them or reduce transparency thus cutting out the bright dash light from getting through. If a large percentage of the cars in your game have bright dashboards it will ba a lot of work to fix them this way but it is possible & will allow you to keep very bright flashing police lights (ELS etc) intact as you lower the dash brightness.
There may also be alternate solutions I'm unaware of. Been a while since I looked at this