Headlights and Tail Lights

December 4, 2017

Maintaining the Headlights for your Vehicle

You will want to always have your vehicle in the best condition possible. This includes maintaining the headlights, and inspecting all the lights of your vehicle. Over time your vehicle’s headlights will burn out or the electrical system may go bad as it ages dimming or outing one or more of your lights. Headlights have also proven to get rather dirty over time. Once a month you should check to make sure that their vehicles headlights are working properly and are in good condition. Headlight lenses become cloudy and dirty over time. This can diffuse the beams of your headlights, which makes it harder for you to see and be seen. So if you notice that your lenses are foggy or yellowing, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the vehicle and lights for you Also headlights naturally dim over time. So even though they are working, you may still need to have them replaced. You can check their brightness by parking on a level surface about five feet from your garage door or a building wall. Turn your headlights on. The light on the wall from your headlights should be bright white. If they appear to be dim or yellow, you should replace them. While you are inspecting the brightness of your lights, you should also check that the beams are aimed well. Both sides should hit the same spot on the wall. If your lights are aimed too high or too low, you may be creating a blind spot for other drivers. When you do this it affects their ability to see the road and you. Potholes can often cause misaligned headlights, which is one more reason to try and avoid them. If you notice your lights need are not angled properly, you should bring your car into a mechanic to have them adjusted. You should always replace both headlights at the same time. Headlights dim over their lifetime, so if you change only one you will have one light that is brighter than the other. This creates an uneven field of vision which can be majorly distracting for not only you, but for oncoming traffic as well. If you notice an issue, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the lights for you.  
May 10, 2017

Remember to Inspect the Lights on your Vehicle

      It is important to have the lights on your vehicle inspected regularly. If you have a blinker that goes out, it could be dangerous for everyone. If this happens, vehicles around you will not know when you are turning, which can lead to an accident. If you have both taillights or both headlights go out at the same time other drivers on the road are impaired and it is unsafe for all parties. Making sure your lights are working properly can save your life as well as those around you.       Light-emitting diode, or LED lights, can offer several advantages for your driving safety. LED bulbs provide higher visibility at night, which will help ensure better safety for everyone involved. They often double or triple the range of standard lights used. LED lights are built with several light bulb systems rather than the single bulb in other fixtures. LED lights also help to make vehicles easier to spot in the dark by drivers that are following behind them.   From a safety standpoint alone, LED lights greatly improve overall night driving. These lights also require only a minimum amount of energy to function, which creates less strain on the electrical system. Unlike traditional incandescent counterparts, LED lights are less susceptible to breaking because they do not have the filament and the heat they produce is at a higher concentration. The initial cost for LED lights is slightly higher, but in the long run the cost pays for itself. They last longer which means you will have to replace the bulbs less often.       Besides LED bulbs, you can use Halogen bulbs for your vehicle’s lights. The halogen bulb’s tungsten filament is contained inside an atmospheric vacuum so it burns at a much higher temperature than others. It also generates a whiter light, which is also brighter. The filament is also strengthened because of the bromine and iodine that are inside the bulb. Halogen bulbs perform at a higher and consistent output throughout their lives. By bringing your vehicle in, you can get an expert opinion of which type of bulb is right for your vehicle. If you ever notice anything out of the norm with the vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
February 1, 2016

Regular Maintenance for Winter Driving

    Owning a vehicle is a large investment, so it makes sense to take care of the investment the best that you can. When you drive in the winter, there are several things that you should take into consideration. One of the most important things to have done is regular maintenance for your vehicle. This will help keep parts and components operating, as they should be. If there is an issue with the vehicle, we can advise you on the options you have to repair it. This way you can have a safe and reliable vehicle as you drive. With regular maintenance, we can inspect the tires for any issues that might be present. This can help improve the efficiency and performance of them. We can check the air pressure to ensure that they are properly inflated. If you notice that a tire gets low more often, it could mean there is an air leak. Schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible, and we can inspect the tires for you.   Another important thing to remember is to notice any odd noises or sounds your vehicle might make. Anything out of the norm is a sign that there is an issue. If there is a grinding sound, it might mean that parts are wearing against one another. This can lead to premature failure and the need to have it replaced sooner than it typically should.   No matter what issue you notice for your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can schedule an appointment to look at it. Addressing the issue at the first sign can help prevent further damage and a costly repair bill in the future. It can also help you to have a vehicle that is safe and reliable on the road when you drive.
May 1, 2015

Maintenance is and Important Task for your Vehicle

Whenever you own a vehicle, you want it to operate the best that it possibly can. As summer approaches, it is time to start thinking about the trips that you might be taking. This is the perfect time to analyze whether you have been doing all of the right things for your car the rest of the year. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This will help you to have a vehicle that will last you well beyond the summer. The importance of general inspections goes well beyond the fact that they will make sure that your oil has been changed. They will go further to make sure that you will be on the road and not caught on the side of the road while driving to your vacation destination. There are a few things to remember about these. The shop should be following the recommended maintenance checks including fluid checks. They should also be using any kinds of preventative maintenance to make sure that you will not have costly auto repair bills looming in your future. This will help to make sure your summer is the best that it can be. Preventing Costly Repairs One of the main focuses of the general inspection is to make sure that your vehicle is up to speed and will not end up in the shop due to regular driving conditions. The important thing is that the money you spend now at the beginning of the summer will help you to be able to get the most out of your summer. Naturally, you want to spend time at the beach rather than at the auto repair shop. These inspections will be much shorter than major repairs to your vehicle, and will cost you less in the long run. Remember Regular Maintenance Inspections Every vehicle comes with a maintenance schedule that is recommended for the proper function of the vehicle. Unfortunately many see this as an extravagance that they can live without to save money. What they may not realize is that they will actually spend more money in the long run if they do not stick to the inspection schedule. This includes paying more at the pump, paying for tows as your vehicle breaks down and paying for expensive repairs. Which Fluids Should Be Checked Whenever you go through the regular inspections, it is important that the fluids like oil, coolant as well as transmission fluid. These fluids are the lifeblood of the vehicle and they should be checked or changed every single time that you bring in your vehicle. The cleaner these fluids are, the better your vehicle will be able to operate. It is important to make sure that the right fluids are being used for summer driving as temperatures being high can have an effect on engine performance if the wrong fluids are being used. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the fluids for you. If you notice there is a leak, contact us so we can look for the source of it. This will help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle this summer.  
January 9, 2015

Tips for Driving At Night

Wintertime brings various driving challenges, from wet, rainy conditions to wind, ice and snow. One factor you might not think about, though, is the length of the nights. The shorter days of winter mean there are more hours of darkness, and that translates to more driving time in the dark. Help ensure that you are traveling safely on winter’s darker roads by following these safety tips for night driving. This can decrease your chance for having an accident when you drive. Improving Your Vision when you Drive Our pupils dilate in the dark, and our eyesight tends to detect lights and movement rather than the color and sharp details that we recognize during the day. Consequently, our depth perception is not as keen at night, and our eyes may be more prone to become dry or tired because we tend to concentrate more and blink less. With these physiological factors in mind, there are a few things you can do to make nighttime treks less treacherous. Eye doctors typically recommend scanning the road and keeping your eyes moving instead of concentrating all your vision on one area. It is also important to understand what you’re seeing. For example, if you are traveling through a rural area that’s packed with deer, raccoons or other wildlife, two small, bright dots may be animal eyes in the distance ahead. Avoid hitting an animal by looking for reflections of your headlights in its eyes, which should be visible well before you can see the entire animal. Inspect the Lights on the Vehicle At night, the lights around you can work against you just as much as they work for you. Make sure that your headlights are aimed properly, since poorly aligned headlights can negatively impact your visibility and blind other drivers around you. Driving at dusk also poses greater risks than you might expect, since your eyes have to continually adjust as night falls. If the lights on your dashboard are on their brightest setting, it may take a toll on your forward visibility. Dim your interior lights so that they are visible, but not distracting. That way, it will be easy for your eyes to adjust to the lights on the road ahead. By the same token, avoid staring at headlights from oncoming traffic and other bright lights out on the road. It is easy to get distracted by the high beams of a tall truck, or the glare coming off of an illuminated billboard. If you are blinded by oncoming traffic, look toward the right edge of the road and steer along its path until you can see clearly again. Pay Attention to the Road and those around you Make sure to stay as alert as possible when you drive. Stop to stretch your legs and get food if you are on a long trip, and if you are tired, make sure you get some rest before heading back out on the road. It can be hard to judge how fast a car is traveling or how far away it is at night, so slow down and make sure that you are following other vehicles at a safe distance. Be mindful of other drivers, and switch to your low beams if there is oncoming traffic or if you are following another vehicle.