When the need arises to drive a vehicle at night or inclement weather, a driver’s best friends are the headlights. When the visibility of the upcoming terrain is not properly lit at night, the probability of an accident is much higher than if there is proper illumination. Many things can affect the brightness, function, and distance of the visibility at night that the headlights deliver.
Check for burnt out or broken lights.
If the road that one is traveling on seems to be oddly too dark, the first thing to check is the headlights. Often a headlight bulb or unit will burn out, leaving the vehicle with only one working light. This will still light the way, but at a greater disadvantage. It is against the law to operate motor vehicles without working safety equipment, so a repair is necessary as soon as possible. This will not only aid in vision at night, but may help one to avoid a ticket from the police.
Clear obstructed headlight lenses.
Another aspect that may affect one’s vision at night is foggy, dirty, or obstructed headlights. In the instance of foggy or dingy headlights, there are cleaners that are specifically formulated to address this issue. The owners of older model vehicles normally experience this problem, when the lenses of the lights take on a hazy look to them. For instances of dirty headlights from mud or other such debris, the solution is to clean them with warm soapy water and rinse thoroughly. When it gets cold and snowy, it is essential to check the headlights for build up of snow or ice that could possibly obstruct the function of the lights and the distance that they will illuminate.
Adjust the headlights aim and level.
Often the headlights on a vehicle are all working and clean but they still do not illuminate the needed amount of distance. This may be the result of the headlights not pointing at the correct spot in front of the car or truck. A qualified technician will be able to aim and adjust the lights beam to the correct position to give the optimum light needed to operate safely.
When it comes to safety in a vehicle at night, the headlights are the most essential part of night vision. Having the ability to see the path ahead clearly will allow the time to react and possibly avoid potential accidents.