Cleaning the windscreen or checking the tire pressure, these gestures have become automatic before going on holidays. However integrating lighting check as an essential vector of safety for the driver, his passengers and the road users, has not been acquired already by everyone. Before leaving for holidays, it is essential to check all the lights of the vehicle.
The good reflex before leaving: check and adjust the lamps
Because most road accidents occur at night or in bad weather, lighting the vehicle is a priority. Most of people feel more endangered at night on the road: attenuation of contrasts, reduction of the visual field, and distorted appreciation of safety distances ... Headlights are the only equipment of the car allowing to see and to be seen, to better anticipate the road and its potential dangers.
The quality of lighting and its symmetry are key. An end-of-life lamp deteriorates faster. Low intensity coming from a headlamp must alert drivers so they can replace the lamp before it goes out completely. It also indicates that the second headlamp may turn off within next days or weeks. In addition, poorly adjusted headlights limit the visibility of the driver and can dazzle other drivers.
The glare produced by badly adjusted headlights is a source of stress and accidents. Message is clear, a car that is not well signaled on the road is a danger for all: daytime running lights, position lights, turn signals, stop lights are major safety features not to be overlooked.
Have a professional adjust and change the headlights
To adjust the lights or change car lighting, it is recommended to visit a professional. He has the expertise and the tools required to intervene in the rules of the art. In case of replacement, he will advise on the most appropriate lighting according to driving habits. He will also be able to precisely adjust the position and inclination of the optics for maximum visibility without any risk of glare.
Failure on the road: keep a spare kit
For more safety, the majority of European countries recommend to equip each vehicle with a box of approved spare bulbs. Beyond being in compliance with local regulations, this precaution is a guarantee of safety to travel serenely and to enjoy fully its holidays.
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