When you own a vehicle, you will want it to always be in the best condition possible. You will need to check the parts over to ensure they are working correctly with one another. When you check the vehicle, also remember to inspect the lights on it. This should include the headlights, taillights, and blinkers. Headlights and taillights are used so other motorists can see you in limited visibility conditions. This is vital if anyone wants to avoid becoming a crash statistic. Drivers need to be aware of the fact that daytime running lights do not turn on tail lights or full headlights in bad weather such as rain, snow, fog, or at night when darkness falls. You should be sure their headlights are working properly both the low beam and high beams. The headlights need to be aimed correctly by professionals and checked regularly to ensure the driver can see the road safely and not blind oncoming motorists. Headlight lenses should be kept clean and clear. With time and abrasion from road grit and grime, these plastic lenses can cloud over and become opaque. A secondary part of a car’s lighting system are fog lights. The vast majority of motorists do not know when to use these specialized lights. They are designed to be used when the fog is so thick that it prevents the headlights from penetrating through the water droplets to light up the road ahead. When this occurs, the light from the headlights reflects back into the driver’s eyes making matters worse. In this event, the driver should turn off the headlights and turn on the fog lights to illuminate the road below the fog. It is also important that motorists turn off their fog lights on unlit roads at night to prevent temporarily blinding oncoming traffic. Fog lights were not designed for use on clear nights Turn signals and brake lights are the communication side of our automotive lighting system. It is important for your safety that the drivers approaching you from behind know you are slowing or stopping. Brake lights should be bright and red. In other words no broken lenses. The turn signals let the other motorists around you know when you need to change lanes or make a turn. When you check the lights on your vehicle, turn on your full lights and walk around your vehicle to see if all taillights and headlights are illuminated. A brake light check can be done when backing into a parking spot in a mall if the store has windows that can reflect the lights. If you notice an issue for your vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible, so we can inspect it for you.
Now is the time to start thinking about getting your car ready for the colder months ahead. Here are a few simple maintenance checks to help keep your vehicle in top condition. Battery Fall is a good time to inspect your car battery, making sure the cables and terminals are snug, and retighten as necessary for good contact. If your connections are dirty or showing a lot of corrosion, disconnect and clean them with a wire brush or cleaning tool. Be aware that when you disconnect the battery, you may have to re-enter a security code in your radio or navigation system. If the vehicle is going to be parked or stored for an extended period of time, you may want to consider investing in a trickle charger to keep it charged. All batteries lose strength over time, so it’s important to be proactive in replacing your battery. Batteries come in a variety of sizes, and it’s important to choose the right size. If you are not sure what type of battery is right for your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can inspect it for you. Headlights As cars age, the headlights can become cloudy or hazy, especially on cars that are routinely parked outside. More than a cosmetic problem, clouded lenses can pose a serious threat to safety, compromising night vision and reducing the effectiveness of your headlights by up to 80 percent. Tires Proper maintenance and responsible driving can maximize the mileage in a set of tires. Monthly tread inspections can inform when the tires warrant replacement. If you notice that your tires have less than 1/8-inch of tread left, then it’s time for a new set. Most people buy all-season tires because it’s easier and cheaper than buying one set for the winter and another for summer. Wash and Wax Fall is a good time to clean up your car so that winter’s mess doesn’t land on top of the summer’s dead bugs, bird droppings, and tree sap. If you want to go further than soap and water, you can try car wax to keep your car’s finish looking new. Most waxes tested showed a significant loss of protection within about five weeks. Wipers If your wipers are leaving streaks of water on your windshield, then it’s time to replace them. Wipers degrade quickly and typically need to be changed every 6 to 12 months. Should performance deteriorate in less time, try cleaning the blade with a paper towel and glass cleaner. Often, that can renew the blades for a few more weeks or months of streak-free operation.
The headlights on your vehicle play an important role in terms of the overall safety and performance of your vehicle. The headlights help provide better visibility while driving not only at night, but also during the day and while experiencing rainy or foggy conditions. When it comes time to replace your headlight bulbs you can start by lifting the hood and taking off the headlight cover. Then you will take off the old light bulb and replace it with the new one and replace the headlight cover. After the replacement of the new bulbs has been done check to make sure both headlights are working properly. Your taillights should not go unnoticed either. These should be inspected too for not only your safety but for others as well. Also, check your blinker lights to make sure they are properly working. These bulbs can be replaced just as easily as your headlights can. Since you are the one driving, you might not know when your bulbs need replacing. This is especially true for the taillights. You can find out by pulling the vehicle into a dimly lit area or garage, turn on your lights and see if you can see both headlights light up. It is just as important to check your high beams as well. If neither of them turns on or if you cannot tell a difference between the high and low beams then this is an indicator that your bulbs might be burnt out or almost there. By checking your light bulbs this way, it is safer because you are not driving down the road at night and not being able to see when it is too late. The size and type of bulb your car takes is dependent on the specifics of your car. The year of your car was made is important to the bulb size as well as the model of car. If you are unsure of either of these, then check your owner’s manual for the appropriate year and model. Picking out the right bulb is important too. LED (light emitting diodes) lighting is more advanced that HID lighting. This type of bulb is extremely bright and very long lasting. Over time your headlights can begin to look foggy from dirt and grime that has built up. This can also make it more difficult to see as your headlights are dimmed. You can rub the outside cover with toothpaste and a cloth until the dirt comes off. If that does not work then you might have to take off the headlight cover completely and wipe them clean. Making sure that the lights on your car are working properly is essential. Regularly performing a light inspection on your vehicle will help you to catch any problems there might be with your lights. Proper lights can help keep you safe while on the road. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can […]
It is important to make sure your vehicle is as safe as it can be, and that safety also includes checking the blinkers, headlights and taillights. These are an important safety feature on your vehicle that can sometimes be overlooked. While checking your headlights can be easy, you should always find a safe place to park, and then get out to make sure your headlights, parking lights, and even blinkers are working properly. While doing this, you can check the taillights as well. Light-emitting diode, or LED light bulbs provide higher visibility at night, which will help ensure better safety for everyone involved. They often double or triple the range of standard lights used. LED lights are built with several light bulb systems rather than the single bulb in other fixtures. LED lights also help to make vehicles easier to spot in the dark by drivers that are following behind them. From a safety standpoint alone, LED lights greatly improve overall night driving. These lights also require only a minimum amount of energy to function, which creates less strain on the electrical system. Unlike traditional incandescent counterparts, LED lights are less susceptible to breaking because they do not have the filament and the heat they produce is at a higher concentration. The initial cost for LED lights is slightly higher, but in the long run the cost pays for itself. They last longer which means you will have to replace the bulbs less often. Besides LED bulbs, you can use Halogen bulbs for your vehicle’s lights. The halogen bulb’s tungsten filament is contained inside an atmospheric vacuum so it burns at a much higher temperature than others. It also generates a whiter light, which is also brighter. The filament is also strengthened because of the bromine and iodine that are inside the bulb. Halogen bulbs perform at a higher and consistent output throughout their lives. If you have a blinker that goes out, it could be dangerous for everyone. If this happens, vehicles around you will not know when you are turning, which can lead to an accident. If you have both taillights or both headlights go out at the same time other drivers on the road are impaired and it is unsafe for all parties. Making sure your lights are working properly can save your life as well as those around you.