Rick's Auto Service

Mishawaka Auto Repair

Mon - Fri: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Call us: (574) 255-4724

#TuesdayTravelTip

For our #TuesdayTravelTip:

With #Daylight savings just around the corner Sunday November 5th, 2017(remember spring forward---Fall back turn clocks back an hour).

You still have time(pun intended) to get those headlights checked out, with the days getting even shorter, and we have longer darker hours.

Driver vision is compromised at night, negatively impacting depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision. Making sure your headlights are maintained is an important maintenance step to take.

·         Replace before burnout: Headlights can dim over time, so replacement before burnout is suggested. The lifetime of a halogen bulb is around 500 to 1,000 hours.

·         Always swap in pairs: It’s very important to replace headlights in pairs. Since headlights dim over time, a new bulb paired with an old bulb creates an uneven field of vision for drivers, which can be a major distraction on the road.

·          Upgrade: It’s no secret – better headlights can help increase further down the road visibility, which in turn can help nighttime drivers feel safer and more secure.

·         Consider DIY: Changing a vehicle’s headlight bulb is a simple process that doesn’t require a mechanic or service professional.  Always wear safety glasses and work gloves as well. If you don’t want to do it yourself we at Ricks Auto Service are more than happy to assist you.

·          Restoration as an option: Many of these vehicles have faded, cloudy plastic headlight lenses. This cloudiness, caused by degradation from the sun’s bright rays, reduces and diffuses the light going through the lenses, making it difficult to see when driving in the dark. We are able to restore your headlights for you.

·         Properly aim your headlights: It’s important to properly align and aim your headlights to ensure that the light is projecting down the road, and not into the eyes of oncoming drivers. If your headlights’ aim is off, it can drastically decrease nighttime visibility.

#TuesdayTravelTip #DaylightSavings #maintenance