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Best Practices for Proper Headlight Maintenance
- May 28, 2018 -

Your vehicle's headlights are a vital safety component being that they are one of your first lines of defense while navigating the road at night. Without proper visibility, drivers have trouble seeing where they are going, putting them at risk of collision. It is critically important to regularly inspect your lights for any needed adjustments or repairs, and to follow the best practices for vehicular headlight safety.

 

Continue reading to learn what you should be doing to make sure your headlights stay in great condition, and where to get expert automotive advice you can trust.

 

Choose Quality Headlights

 

You can opt for basic headlights, but keep in mind that there is a whole market of higher-quality parts to choose from. Higher-grade headlights come with options such as whiter lights, enhanced visibility, extended depth perception, reduced glare, improved contrast, and more. Depending on your individual needs, you may be safer with a higher quality headlight set.

 

Don't Let Them Burn Out

 

Replace your headlights before they have a chance to burn out completely. Check them regularly, at night, for differences in brightness and color. If you notice a decrease in vibrancy, or simply cannot remember when the last time your headlights were replaced, get them replaced immediately.

 

Always Buy in Pairs

 

Even if only one headlight is burnt out or dim, it is important to always replace them both at the same time. This is more cost-effective and safer. A new bulb paired with an older bulb can produce uneven lighting on the road. This is not only dangerous for a driver and their passengers, but for other drivers on the road as well.

 

Install Headlights On Your Own

 

You don't necessarily need to spend extra money on professional headlight replacement services if you are a handy person. There are several online tutorials that will show you how to replace headlight bulbs with ease. However, if you are not a project-type or handyman-type person, it is not recommended to install headlights on your own.

 

Talk to a Mechanic

 

Even if you are a handy person, or know a thing or two about auto repair, it is best to talk to your trusted mechanic about proper automotive maintenance and care. They will guide you in the right direction, and recommend a maintenance schedule that you can do on your own.

Additional types of car maintenance that you should always keep up with include fluid changes, tire rotations, battery replacements, filter replacements, coolant flushes, engine tune ups, body waxing, windshield wiper replacements, and more.