Friday, February 1, 2013

Safe Night Driving Starts With Clear Headlights!

If your headlights could talk, they would probably say something like this: "Hello driver, can you please clear me up, I can't seem to light up the road for you very well anymore due to my poor condition, please help me!"

Have you checked your vehicle's headlight condition lately? Chances are there is something wrong with your headlight lens. If your headlights are cloudy or dull looking, you will need to get this fixed soon, as the condition will get much worse in time if you wait. A faded headlight lens is blocking the light output that you desperately need to safely see the road ahead. Simply put, you may not be able to see a dog or cat or other animal in time, as the light output can be cut in half in some cases. This is very unsafe!

We used a professional light meter and measured the light output of both faded and clear headlight lenses and the numbers are downright scary! So scary in fact that some states are starting to crack down on this as a night driving safety issue. Some of the tests showed the headlight beam only reaching 50 feet! This is simply not far enough to properly see the road ahead. When the headlight beam only shines 50 feet, the drivers reaction time is greatly compromised! A properly working headlight beam will easily project light 150 feet or more, giving the driver two thirds more reaction time if something were to cross your path.

If your headlights need restored, you are not alone. We checked huge parking lots full of cars and every time we check, more than half of the vehicles had some sort of fading or cloudiness going on with the headlight lens. Start looking for yourself, you will see what we are talking about. Headlight lens damage due to UV exposure is everywhere!

The good news is that the cloudy lens can be restored to like new condition in approximately one hour. Most shops charge around $75 for both headlights. Headlight restoration is becoming more popular as more and more vehicles will be needing this service. You can also purchase a do it yourself kit, however we recommend using a professional headlight restoration service for much better results.

Safety is the main reason you should restore your headlights, however, your vehicle's appearance and re-sell value are also compromised with faded, ugly headlights. Don't let you vehicle's poor headlight condition cost you money when trading in or selling your ride. In other words, if the headlights look old and tired, it will be much harder to get top dollar.

Please ask your friends and family to check their vehicle's headlights for UV damage by looking for cloudiness or dull looking yellowing or browning. Just ask them to take a closer look at their headlights, (they will appreciate you looking out for their safety).

Don't let the sun win the game, fight back and get your headlights restored soon! There are many professional headlight restoration services out there waiting to repair your dim headlights, so you can see the road much better at night. After-all, your family and friends are worth it!

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