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Driving at night - tips on how to stay safe

At this time of the year driving at night means reduced visibility, combine this with other factors such as rush hour, poor weather conditions or being tired all contribute to making driving at night a very different experience to driving during the day, and is much more dangerous than many people realise. In fact, road casualty statistics show that 40% of collisions occur in the hours of darkness, even though the traffic volume is substantially less.

Most drivers need to do at least some driving at night, while properly functioning and properly aimed headlights are always important, this season, they’re necessary.

Headlights can dim over time: Ensure that lenses are clean and all bulbs are working correctly, including your indicators, brake lights and fog lights. Salt and dirt can quickly build-up, reducing visibility at night as well as during periods of snow, fog and rain. 

Cloudy, foggy or yellowing headlight lenses can happen over time without you noticing the change. Most of today’s modern vehicles are covered with a protective, transparent, plastic lens constant exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays and other factors break down the external coating on the outside of headlight lens giving them an unsightly foggy, cloudy or yellowish look making it very hard for you to see at night and for other drivers to see you as well.

It’s important to remember that headlights are an active safety item like other vehicle systems – brakes, engine, windscreen wipers – headlights must be maintained in order to work properly.

The unfortunate thing is it can happen when the car isn’t all that old, fortunately most can be restored. If your headlights are cloudy, foggy or yellowed, consider asking our advice about refurbishing them or at least having them cleaned. We can make them like new again for a fraction of the cost of replacing the headlight. Indications that your headlights may require restoring:

• Cloudy, foggy, or yellowed headlights

• Only somewhat brighter when fully "on" compared to on dim

• Multiple scratches 

Cloudy or cracked headlights can cause your vehicle to fail an MOT test. Call our friendly and knowledgeable team today - our Headlight Refurbishing service can remedy the problem for a lot less than the cost of new headlights.

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