Light Checks for Night Driving

Hi all—Rico here!

That time of year is here—Fall has arrived and Summer is officially in our rear-view mirror. And days, sad to say, are getting shorter.


For our shop, that means we start to see more damaged cars and trucks in as a result of bumps and crashes that take place during darker and/or rainy times. With that said, it's important to talk about the importance of headlights and safety for driving in these darker conditions.


See and be seen!

To see, and be seen, are two of the most important things when driving. Since you’re the one primarily driving your own vehicle, it’s easy to forget to make sure the lights on your vehicle are working properly. All of these lights have a purpose, and each are a piece of ensuring the safety of the car you’re in, as well as all of the cars around.


When I say lights…I mean all lights!

Lights don’t just mean your head and tail lights. It means every light on the exterior of your vehicle. When doing a check, be sure you check all of these:


  • Headlights
  • Brights
  • Fog lights
  • Tail lights
  • Brakes
  • Turn signals


How to check your lights when you’re alone:

Turn on your full lights and walk around your car. Then one by one turn on your left and right turn signal. Lastly, turn on your hazard lights to ensure they work. You can even test your head and tail lights while facing toward, or backing up to the window of a building.


If you do find yourself in a fender bender, take a deep breath!


Your vehicle can be towed to our shop and we can help you to get everything taken care of; including insurance, body work and getting your car back in a safe state to hit the road again!