Beyond the Bulbs-Maintaining your Cars Illumination

Think of your vehicle’s lamps as the equivalent of your eyesight. When your environment is dark, dirty, or cluttered you cannot see possible obstacles in front of you. Well, when it comes to your car your head lights, tail lights, and interior lights create your driving environment’s illumination; so when they become dim, dirty, or burnt out you are unable to see obstacles, people, or potentially dangerous obstructions around you and in your path. This makes maintaining your vehicle’s illumination equipment not only a good idea but vital to your safety and that of those around you.

Regularly Check Lights, Signals, and Brake Lights

Don’t wait until your bulbs burn out before you replace them. Taking the time to thoroughly inspect that your lights are functioning properly once per month is a proactive method of preventing bulb outages when you need their illumination the most.

Spend a few minutes once per month checking each of your lights to verify that they are working properly as well as illuminated brightly. This includes headlights, brake lights, taillights, turn signals, and fog lamps. If you notice that one or more of the bulbs are noticeably dimmer that its counterparts, then it is time to replace it as it is nearing the end of its life.

Inspect Fuses

Another vital area that most people overlook are the fuses. A malfunctioning turn signal does not always mean a bad bulb. Often it is a blown fuse that triggers this issue. When you see that you have a light not working check the fuses before rushing out to buy a new bulb; this is especially so if you notice more than one light or electrical feature acting up at the same time.

Since fuses are fairly inexpensive and vital to your vehicle’s electrical system functioning properly, it is a good idea to keep a few spares for each type of fuse that your car or truck uses tucked into the glove box for those unexpected times when you may need to replace one.

Clean Headlight and Taillight Covers

Replace or repair scratched or damaged light covers. Blowing debris, sand, and kicked up gravel leave your light covers scratched, dingy, and cloudy over time. Cloudy or scratched up light covers interferes with your lights’ abilities to provide clear illumination to the road and provide a sufficient field of vision when driving at night.

Besides cleaning them regularly, you should inspect the covers to evaluate the amount of damage from road wear and tear that they have and take steps to correct the situation immediately. There are several products on the market for this purpose that remove built on grime, cloudiness, as well as minor scratches returning your lamp covers to near new condition so that your lights will shine as bright as the once did.

Staying Safe by Seeing Clearly

Maintaining the proper beam from your vehicle’s lights is imperative to safe night or inclement weather driving. The best way to do this is by regularly inspecting all of your lights, signals, and fuses; and then replacing worn out parts before they completely go out on you.