As a parent, you know how much time is spent in the car, and between shuttling to practices, lessons, games and activities, our cars have become second homes. April is National Car Care Month and a post on the importance of headlight maintenance would be perfect for your theme. It may not be sexy, but it is safe, which is the most important thing when it comes to your family.
SYLVANIA Automotive found that 9 out of 10 cars on the road today have yellowed headlights that need to be replaced, yet many consumers don’t realize how easy it is to replace headlights at home – DIY project! This very simple, yet very impactful safety check can immediately increase safety, visibility and reaction time making for safer drivers all around.
Here are some important headlight maintenance practices to keep in mind:
· Understand the choices in headlight performance levels: When it comes to headlights performance, there are a variety of choices available on the market to help suit consumer’s individual needs. For instance, there are options available that offer brighter down road visibility to help drivers see farther down the road, and to better distinguish objects on the side of the road better compared to basic headlights.
· Replace before burnout: All too often, vehicles with a burned out headlight can be found traveling on dark roads, posing a risk to both the driver and others on the road. With one headlight out, drivers are essentially seeing half as well as they potentially could. If a vehicle owner cannot remember the last time headlights were changed, it may be time for replacements.
· Always replace in pairs: It’s very important to replace headlights in sets of two. Since headlights dim over their lifetime, a new bulb paired with an old bulb will create an uneven field of vision, which can be a major distraction on the road for both drivers and oncoming traffic.
· Do it yourself: Changing a vehicle’s headlight bulb can be a simple process that doesn’t require a mechanic or service professional. In fact,various online guides and resources exist to help consumers swap out headlight bulbs in a matter of minutes. Consult the vehicle’s owner’s manual for bulb/headlight replacement procedures, needed tools and safety precautions. Always wear safety glasses and work gloves, as well.