Driving at night or in weather conditions such as snow, rain or fog can significantly reduce your visibility. Unfortunately, with our frantic lives, it is usually unavoidable to drive in these poor conditions. According to the National Safety Council and Injury Facts, more than 40,000 people were killed in car crashes in 2016, with 50% of them occurring during the night.
In this article, we want to show the importance of your vehicle's headlights and how to optimize the safety for yourself and others on the road.
Three ways to drive safer at night:
1. Adjust your headlight intensity and settings
Our depth perception, peripheral vision and ability to distinguish objects are significantly reduced at night. Our vehicle headlights play the most important role in these situations as they are the only aid we have to better see the road ahead of us.
According to the Ministry of Transportation Ontario, headlights must shine at least 150 metres in front of you and are required to be turned on between 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise. They must also be turned on for poor conditions such as fog, rain or snow.
2. Angle your headlights correctly
If you find your headlights are bright enough but are still not lighting up the road ahead of you, your beams might be tilted down too low. In some cases, beams can also be pointed too high which can blind oncoming traffic.
To make sure your headlights are pointed correctly, visit a local repair shop or your car dealer for assistance.
3. Treat oxidized headlights
As your vehicle ages, especially around the 8-year mark, it is common to see your headlight lenses become foggy. This will eventually limit the amount of light your lenses allow through, decreasing the effectiveness of your headlights. Foggy headlights can reduce your visibility by up to 50% making it harder for you to see, as well as for others on the road to see you.
To fix this issue, you can restore them yourself or have a car dealer or repair shop restore them for you. Restoring your headlights can be time-consuming as you must mask off your headlights, wet sand them until you have removed the oxidized layer and polish them. For a fast, easy and affordable option, we recommend using LensBoost Headlight Restoration Wipes. LensBoost does not require any masking, sanding or polishing making it a great option for those that want a quick fix.