Car Care Special Section: Keep lights and wipers working properly

Published on Wed, Mar 21, 2012
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Even though the days are getting longer, it’s still a bright idea to make sure your vehicle’s lights and wipers are working properly so you can see and be seen.

“Lights and wipers play a critical role in safe driving, as the chance of an accident increases if others can’t see you or your visibility is compromised,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “From the driver’s seat you may not notice a light isn’t working, so inspect all of your car’s lights and replace those that are out. Also, inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly in wet weather.”

The wiper system keeps excessive water and dirt from building up on the windshield, maintaining clear visibility. Many factors can accelerate the replacement interval of wipers, including operating conditions frequency of use, material and type of wipers, and sunny weather.

Lights are normal wear items that require periodic inspection and replacement. The lighting system provides nighttime visibility, signals and alerts other drivers, and supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior. In addition to replacing dimming and non-functioning lights, the following tips can help keep you safe:

Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can make it difficult for others to see your lights. 

Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.

If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.