Just like your favourite sports team, your car lights can also let you down.

Check & Change

Don't let a burnt-out headlight bulb spoil your fun. Many drivers will only replace a bulb once it has failed completely. But this is a mistake. As the light from your headlights deteriorates over time, the quality of the light declines. As a result, the distance you can see at night decreases and the clarity of the world around you gets dimmer.

What happens as headlight bulbs age?

Always check your lights

Many countries offer motorists the opportunity to have their lights tested – such as Germany’s Lichttest-Wochen and the UK’s annual MOT test. These are obviously good opportunities to ensure your lights are performing perfectly.

But there are some simple tests and maintenance you can perform at home to make sure your vehicles lights are operating properly:

• Your headlights will grow dimmer over time. So, make sure you regularly clean and polish the lenses – especially before you take them in for testing.

• Regularly check each light on your car, including indicators, stop and tail and interior lights. Get another person to check your lights outside while they are lit – particularly your brake lights.

• Parking close to a wall and turning your lights on can give you a good idea whether they are working correctly and aligned.

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