Logbook Loans Tips – Checking Car Lighting

Next in the Logbook Loans Tips series; providing online information on car care…

At Logbook Loans we like to provide helpful information for our customers not just when you are searching for a logbook loan online but also on an ongoing basis to help you keep your car in the best possible condition. In the last article in our series of Logbook Loans Tips we looked at how to care for your car during the winter months. In this article we look specifically at how to make sure your car lighting is operating at its best, to keep you safe on these long dark nights.

Let’s be honest: checking car lighting is something that most of us never do! But it is essential that we get into the habit of doing so because of the importance of fully functioning lights to the safety of ourselves and others. Lights are just as susceptible to wear and tear as any other piece of equipment, but we rely heavily on them: not only to provide nighttime visibility but also to signal to and alert other drivers and to be able to view instruments and the interior of the vehicle.

Unfortunately it is not always easy to notice if there is a problem with our car lights. They can’t all be seen from the driver’s seat, so it is important to inspect all of your car’s lights and replace any that are not fully functioning as they should.

There are three main things to check when you inspect your car lights and three more important things to remember when using your headlights:

  • Make sure that all your lights – headlights, tail lights and signal lights – are clean. If they are covered in external dirt and debris this can reduce the clarity with which they are seen by others.
  • Make sure that all bulbs are working fully and that both your headlights are the same brightness.
  • Make sure that your headlights are properly aligned ie both pointing in the right direction! Misaligned headlights can either dazzle other drivers or reduce your ability to see the road properly.
  • Whilst you don’t want to overuse your headlights, if there is any doubt about whether or not your headlights should be on, play safe and turn them on. This not only helps you to see better in gloomy conditions but also makes it easier for other drivers to see you.
  • Don’t leave your headlights on main beam unnecessarily. When they are on main beam always be ready to switch them back into dipped if a car is approaching in the other direction to avoid dazzling the other driver.
  • Don’t “overdrive” your headlights. This means that you need to ensure that you keep at a reasonable pace so that you are well able to stop in the distance lit by your headlights. This is particularly important when driving on roads with hills, curves or dips in the road or in rain, fog or snow.

If you follow the six steps above you can be confident that your car lights are in good condition and that you are using them wisely, keeping you and your car safe this winter.

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