Preparing Your Vehicle for Fall: Headlights 101

Fall Vehicular Safety > Headlight Maintenance

Preparing Your Vehicle for Fall: Headlights 101In this series of blogs, we’ve covered the importance of preparing your vehicle for fall. We’ve already touched on some important topics including tire safety, battery maintenance and how to keep your windshield wipers in great shape. In this final article, we’re diving deeper into headlight safety. As the first line of defense against accidents and visibility, here are some pertinent things to remember this fall season when it comes to your headlights. Most importantly, protect yourself and your vehicle with a comprehensive CT Auto Insurance policy.

Ensuring your headlights are clear and functioning maximizes visibility and safety. If you don’t see obstacles or obstructions in the road, you can’t react to them. Therefore, consider the following.

Performance choices.

When it comes to headlights performance, many consumers should know that there are a variety of choices available on the market to help suit their individual needs. For instance, there are options available that offer brighter down road visibility or whiter light which improves contrast and helps drivers distinguish objects on the side of the road better than basic headlights, says Car Insurance.

Replace them both.

Even if one headlight seems fine, it’s best to replace both headlights each time. Headlights dim and lose power over time, and if you only replace one, this can create an uneven visibility field, which is incredibly dangerous. What’s more, oncoming traffic can be distracted by uneven headlights, creating even more of a hazard for you.

Don’t wait too long.

If your headlight is out, you’re driving with half of your visibility at night. Don’t wait until they’re burned out to replace them. If you find your field of vision is weakening, it’s time to have both of the headlights replaced immediately.


When it’s time to replace the headlights, you don’t have to pay a pretty penny for a professional mechanic to install them for you. 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.

Overall, headlight safety is an obvious yet simple component to fall vehicle safety. Don’t run the risk of getting stranded on the road, losing visibility or driving with poorly treaded tires. Simple maintenance checks can prevent accidents and ensure you get from point A to point B. So, whether it’s fall, winter, spring or summer, keep your vehicle safe and running smoothly year-round with these tips.

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