See and Be Seen in Southern California
Here in Southern California we are told it is important to see and be seen. Well that especially goes for your vehicle. Even though we don’t get a lot of rain, we do have May gray and June gloom. It’s probably time to make sure that all your lights are working properly and that your windshield wipers are good.
Lights are normal wear and tear items on your vehicle that should be inspected regularly and replaced when necessary. Your lights are important because not only do they provide nighttime visibility, but they also signal and alert other drivers and supply light for viewing the instruments and interior of the vehicle. For safety you should replace dimming, rapidly blinking and non-functioning lights. Here are some other tips to help you stay safe.
- Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can dim operational lights from being seen by others.
- Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.
- If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make it easier for other drivers to see you.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle.
Your vehicle’s wiper system keeps excessive water and dirt from building up on the windshield and helps maintain clear visibility. It’s hard to believe, but wiper blades deteriorate faster and need to be replaced more frequently here in SoCal because of our heat and sunny weather. Don’t forget to check the rear window wiper as well! Replace all wiper blades periodically or when they are worn or torn.
Please remember that California law requires that the headlights be on when the wipers are on. This helps with visibility for you and other drivers.
Keeping your vehicle’s lights properly care for and replacing wiper blades periodically will ensure a safer ride, keeping the road ahead well-lit and giving you a clear view, allowing you to see and be seen!
Need help checking lights and wipers? Val & Mike’s Auto Repair is here for you! We check all the lights and wipers with every service. Give us a call at 714-375-3145 to set up and appointment.