Troubleshoot common car headlight issues
Let’s say you notice a problem—either glaring, dimness or even a headlight that’s out. Here’s some good news. According to Waldner, most drivers can fix headlight issues on their own at a low cost. We’ve identified some common headlight issues and how you can troubleshoot them.
First, pull your car up to a garage door or the side of a building to see the lights in action. Then, execute these common fixes:
Issue: One or both of your car headlights doesn’t work.
What to do: Change out the bulb(s). If the light still doesn’t work, ask a technician about a wiring or fuse issue.
Issue: Your headlights appear dim.
What to do: As mentioned earlier, pick up a cleaning kit or simply wipe off your headlights. Everyday dirt and grime can build up and cause the lights to appear dull.
Issue: Your high beams, low beams or hazard lights don’t work.
What to do: Check to make sure your bulbs aren’t out. If this doesn’t fix the issue, then ask a technician if there are wiring problems.
New car headlight technology explained: Is it worth it?
If you’re in the market to buy a new car, you may hear terms like “high-beam assist,” “adaptive headlights” and other buzzwords. The automotive industry is constantly innovating, but do these technologies really keep drivers safer?
Waldner says not necessarily. “Not all new headlight technology is created equally. There are wide differences in the function of various headlight designs that can significantly change the effectiveness of the headlights,” says Waldner. “You can refer to the IIHS headlight study that evaluates and rates headlight performance and innovations.”
Waldner says that some new technologies are excellent advances for vehicle safety. That being said, it’s just simply not feasible for everyone to upgrade to a new car for new safety features alone. If you do make the decision to upgrade your vehicle to one with more advanced headlight features, here are a couple that are particularly helpful:
A unique safety feature, these are lights that respond to a driver’s steering by directing light around curves. They can increase a driver’s visibility at night or in low-light conditions.
Short for light-emitting diode, LED bulbs reduce energy consumption and last longer. They’re more expensive, but are less likely to burn out.