In addition to offering drivers no shortage of challenges when it comes to weather-related conditions, the season knowns as FALL and WINTER also make things tough by making general visibility tough by greatly increasing the amount of darkness Outagamie County residents are forced to deal with. Once Daylight Savings ends, night seems to come immediately at the end of the workday and the only time you get to see the sun is on weekends. Driving in darkness so often means your headlights become one of your car’s most important tools.
In addition to helping you navigate roads, headlights also serve the important function of making your presence known to other drivers. While most newer cars are equipped with automatic lights that drivers don’t tend to worry about activating, you should still regularly check to make sure they’re operating properly.
The easiest way to check to see if your lights are operating properly is simply to pull into a closed area like a garage and look for a reflection or other indicator of proper exterior lumination. Your turn signals should be inspected as well. If any bulbs on either system is burnt out, you need to get it replaced ASAP.
In the event that your headlights appear dim or weak, it probably just means they need to be cleaned.
Dirt, grime, snow/ice, etc. accumulate on your car’s exterior at a faster rate in fall and winter than in other seasons so you will need to clean your headlights more often during these months. You should also, as a rule of thumb, request your auto technician perform a quick headlight cleaning whenever you bring your vehicle in for a tune-up or inspection.
If your headlights are acting up even with a new bulb and freshly-polished lens, there could be something wrong with your electrical system and you should bring your vehicle into our shop for a full diagnostic. To schedule your next inspection, click HERE or call our team at 920-757-5543!