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How often do you check your vehicle lights? You might have noticed as you drive around other vehicles with lights that are not working properly but when did you last check your own lights? Keeping your lights in good working order is essential for safety so that other drivers can see you and you can see exactly where you're going and any problems along the way. A roadside check in the North of England recently showed that 16% of vehicles have faulty lights the worst time of year to this problem tends to be October and November in the northern hemisphere, the end of summer. This is because many drivers haven't checked their lights through the long bright summer days and get caught out when the evenings grow dark. It's not only dangerous to have defective lights on your vehicle, it's illegal, and telling the police officer that you forgot to check is no excuse - you'll still get a ticket. Here are some of the problems that drivers have with vehicle lights... Overload... When you pack your car with holiday luggage, or even a heavy load of shopping from the supermarket the back of the car is weighed down and the front lifts up - this means that your lights can dazzle other drivers more easily putting you at risk. Most modern cars now have a headlamp adjustment dial so you can compensate for the load - if you're not sure about your car take a look at the handbook. The one eyed monster! A lot of cars only have one headlight working - this will seriously restrict your vision ahead but perhaps even worse it will confuse other drivers, they may think that you are a motorbike and only realise that your vehicle is much wider than a bike when it's too late. A single tail light can cause similar confusion for other drivers. Forgetful... When you're in a well lit area it can be easy to forget to switch on your lights - although you might be able to see clearly with good street lighting, other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians won't be able to see you so easily. All fogged up! Some drivers get very confused about rear fog lights. They put them on in the slightly shower of rain - but this can dazzle drivers behind, especially at night. Only use your rear fog lights when visibility is seriously reduced, a good guide is 100 meters. Even when visibility is


poor it's considerate to switch off your fog light if you have a closely following vehicle - and of course, always remember to switch off your fog lights when the weather clears. Front fog lights can also cause a problem; some drivers seem to treat these as a fashion accessory and put them on all the time, but the problem with this is that it can distract and dazzle other drivers. Front fog lights have a wide flat beam and are ideally used instead of headlights when visibility is poor - if your vehicle won't allow this, use your front fog lights with dipped headlights but again only when visibility is less than 100 meters. Dazzling... Most people know that you should dip your lights at night when there is a vehicle coming the other way, but did you know that you need to do it sooner on a left-hand bend than on a right-hand bend? (This is for the UK where we drive on the left, if you drive on the right dip sooner on a right-hand bend.) Not so many people know that you can dazzle other drivers if your headlamps are not properly maintained by your service agent. There are legal requirements for the way that headlamps are lined up and if you're lights are out of alignment they can dazzle other drivers. If you notice the other drivers flashed their lights at you at night for no good reason get your headlamp alignment checked by your local garage. Get into the habit of checking your lights every week - don't be a dim driver!

John Farlam is one of the U.K.'s leading driver training experts; you can get more, useful driving tips including a free online driving course by visiting http://www.smartdriving.co.uk where you will also find information about becoming a driving instructor.

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==== ==== Be a safe driver! Do not drive dim headlights! If you need help upgrading or restoring your faded headlamps, please visit Headlight Restoration Pros. We have Certified Headlight Restoration Shops standing by to help you! Use our Shop Locator. We also offer many do it yourself tips and kits and we also offer many headlight accesories and upgrades including: Covers, HID and Halogen bulbs, Restoration products, Polished, Sanding discs and much more! www.HeadlightRestorationPros.com ==== ====


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