Many people find that driving at night is one of the most awkward times for them to be on the road. The lack of daylight causes many driving difficulties. Things get even worse when your lights do not work properly. Without them, you just won’t be able to drive anywhere. In this article, we will look at some common headlight problems and what you can do about them.
Headlights not bright enough
Older drivers often complain that their vehicle lights do not seem bright enough. It is hard to see the road in the dark if there is not enough light for your eyes. This might not be the fault of the lights but just that your eyes are becoming weaker as you age.
Lighting manufacturers have understood this, and there are now extra-bright headlight kits available featuring high-quality LED and Xenon bulbs. However, be aware that you cannot just use the brightest bulbs you can find because that may dazzle other road users. You will have to stay within your country’s driving laws for vehicle lighting.
Lights will not turn on
Another common problem is when headlights do not work at all. Usually, this is caused by a bulb burning out. This is simple enough to fix. Just check your owner’s manual for the correct bulb to buy and replace it. Sometimes swapping out bulbs can be a fiddly process and the manual should also be able to guide you through doing it.
If changing the bulb does not fix the problem, there may be more something more serious going on. An electrical fuse may have blown within your vehicle’s lighting circuit. Alternatively, it could be that there is a bad or loose connection to the bulb. Do a quick check around the wires leading to the failing bulb and look for anything unusual. If you cannot see anything obvious, it might be time to call a mechanic.
Headlights will not turn off
If you find you cannot turn your headlights off even when your engine is off, this is most likely a fault with the electrical system. Often, it is related to the ground connections within your vehicle. If you have some experience with motor repairs, you might be able to check these connections for yourself. If not, you can always ask in an online forum, or check out some problem-solving videos on YouTube. If there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the wiring, then you will probably have to get a professional to help.
In this article, we looked at the three most common headlight problems and what to do about them. The next time you experience any difficulties with the lights on your vehicle, you should have some basic knowledge to help you.