Even though it is late Autumn the sun still blazes from the sky, providing enough warmth to make us forget the fact that winter, like the final season of Game Of Thrones, is coming. Depending upon your individual point of view regarding Christmas, this is also the time when shops begin to fill their displays with Christmas fare, thus ensuring you are totally fed up with the whole business by the time the big day comes. The high streets and the malls begin to twinkle with festive lights: So do the roads as the nights draw in.
Lighting Your Way
Car care is an important issue especially in the winter when your vehicle is attacked by road grime, salt and hard-to-see potholes. Cleaning is one thing but how much attention to you pay to the lights? At this time of year road illumination is crucial. It is amazing how often we see dirty, clouded and scratched headlights on otherwise tidy vehicles. Winter is the time of year to make sure car lights are all working as they should and that the driver can see and be seen.
These glass lamps are your car’s eyes and of course fully working brake, side and headlights are also required safety measures and damage needs to be rectified pronto.
Do It Now
Checking car light function should be one of those weekly jobs, like checking oil and washer bottle levels, that we should do but probably don’t because we’re too idle and it’s cold outside. As with any aspect of car ownership neglect leads to bigger bills later, so do it now.
If headlight glass is cracked it needs to be replaced. Any such damage will allow moisture and dust to reduce visibility, ultimately leading to lamp failure. Even if they are in good order, make sure they are clean. For example, when stopping for fuel and taking the opportunity to clean the winter muck off the windscreen with the supplied squeegee (If available. Service stations please note) make a point of cleaning the headlights and tail lights too.
The snag with car maintenance these days is that recent vehicles, even older used cars, are often technically complex. The days of unscrewing the headlight fitting and popping in a new bulb are largely gone. Now, when a headlight fails, it can mean a complete replacement of the whole unit. Some manufacturers are better than others in this respect, but with people for whom changing a household lightbulb is a complex and worrying procedure, jobs like these are possibly best left to the professionals. Keen automotive DIY fans shouldn’t have too much trouble though.
Short of having an accident, one of the things that motorists dread these days is coming to grief in a pothole, a road feature at which this country excels just now. It is bad enough during daylight hours, but at night, in the rain, sleet and snow it can be a near impossibility to spot these hazards; having weak, dirty or broken headlights just makes it worse. So just as cheery Christmas tree lights brighten the season so well maintained car lights will brighten your driving day. That’s why we here at eCars247 offer a no-quibble fourteen day test period so that you can see your way clear to buying our cars with confidence.