When thinking of how to properly maintain your car for safety, the common topics that come to mind are brakes and tires. While these are obviously important, headlights should not be overlooked. Headlights allow other cars to see you and allow you to see other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, animals and anything else that may cause you danger. In addition, headlights are often very important when driving in poor weather. Drivers with poor night vision rely on headlights to allow them to drive safely.
As headlights age they don't provide the same amount of light they did originally. Why? Humidity, electrical resistance and filament age all cause a reduction in the amount of light output by headlights. If you identify that your headlights appear to be dimmer, or you are aware that your headlights are 2 years old or older, consider replacing them. It is recommended you replace both lights at the same time.
If you have issues seeing at night, consider replacing with an upgraded bulb instead of keeping the bulbs provided by the car manufacturer. Alternative options are available that will put more light on the road. In addition, the beam of light provided is longer, which is especially helpful for dimly lit roads.
When it snows, many drivers clean off windows but overlook headlights and taillights. Properly cleaning the snow off of lights is necessary to give you the visibility you need, as well and making sure other cars can see your vehicle. This is especially important if weather conditions degrade while you are driving.
Before the seasons change and the days become shorter, check the status of your headlights. Consider replacing your bulbs to improve your safety and that of others on or near the roads you are driving on! Don’t forget about coverage.
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