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Fall Car Care: Vehicle Lighting Check

Now that Fall has arrived, it means we have fewer hours of daylight and upcoming holiday travel. Before you hit the road, it would be a wise idea to make certain your vehicle’s lights are in working order. Lights play a critical role in safe driving, the chance of an accident increases if you cannot be seen. From the driver’s seat you may not notice a light out, so be sure you inspect all of your vehicle’s lights and replace any that are out. Lights are normal wear items, so periodic inspection and replacement is necessary. Your vehicle lighting system provides visibility at night; alerts other drivers and supplies lighting for viewing your dash instruments on the interior. Below are a few tips to help keep you safe:

  • Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights from being seen by others.
  • Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
  • If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.

Keeping your vehicle’s lights properly cared for and replacing wiper blades periodically will help ensure a safer ride, keeping the road ahead well-lit and giving you a clear view.