Should I Replace My Headlights?

Recognizing the signs of ailing headlights.

Cars are awesome. They’re man-made machines constructed of metal and steel and a million little working parts. Over the last century and since the beginning days of Ford, car manufacturers have come quite a long way. There are Bugattis with more than 1000 horsepower, trucks that can tow tens of thousands of pounds, and vehicles that sprint 0-60 in under 3 seconds powered completely by electricity. Car fanatics all over the world get together to show off their rides, talk about their experiences with cars, and simply enjoy themselves. There are major car races — from the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida, to the Monaco Grand Prix, just south of France. Being a car lover is always a good time.

The vast majority of car lovers are simple folks who have an everyday driver that they take quite good care of. Part of that care is keeping up with the maintenance of the vehicle and its parts. And of all those parts, the headlights are among the list that are necessary to keep the car safe and updated.

The most important part of a car

Headlights are a quintessential part of all day-to-day cars. It’s a part of the car that most people take for granted. When you buy a car, it comes with headlights. It’s as simple as that. But, have you ever taken a moment to think about the importance of a car’s headlights? Probably not; and most of us haven’t. But, when you realize how much they matter, you might take an extra second to think about whether or not you need to look into replacing them.

Let there be light

Diving head first, we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you how important headlights are because of the safety factor. The function that headlights offer is a necessary component to a car’s construction. It’s incredible to be able to get from Point A to Point B going 65mph. It’s even more incredible to be able to do that with an uninterrupted, clear path. Headlights give us the ability to drive at night time, safely and just as effectively as during the day.

Have you ever seen someone driving on the highway at night time without his or her headlights off, thinking to yourself, “Oh no, that is so not safe!” Maybe you flash your brights on him/her a couple times — the universal road language for “Your headlights aren’t on and they need to be.” Of course you have; we all have. Have you ever driven at night without any headlights? The answer is probably “no” — but if you have, it was probably as a mistake and in an urban, well-lit area. Drivers who live in suburbs or away from cities know far too well that there is no “accidentally forgetting” to turn on headlights at night time. With a lack of streetlamps, the dark of night is DARK. In those areas, you either have a car with working, dependable headlights, or you don’t drive at night. There is no in-between.

These types of situations show you how important headlights are for every car on earth. Whether you’ve been in an accident, you are looking for a change, or the headlights you have are beginning to decline, replacing your headlights is a win/win when it comes to safety. Your car’s headlights should be working just as well as they did on the first day they were installed; and, if otherwise, it’s probably time to replace them. It’s as easy as visiting our sister company, Headlights Depot, picking what you need, and getting a great price to fix your car’s headlight issue.

It’s what’s on the outside that counts

Just as important as safety to some people is the way a car looks on the outside. A car’s exterior is extremely important to many people. After all, half of the fun of owning a specific car is because you want to stare at it. Silly, but true! We know how important it is for a car owner to be happy with what he/she is driving. Similarly to all other parts, the same goes for headlights. After a while, your car’s headlights are going to become murky, dim, and plain unattractive. Replacing them will give your car the facelift it needs. Something as simple as a headlight replacement can make all the difference in the outward appearance of an otherwise well-working car.

What are you waiting for?

The point we’re trying to make here is that whether you have thought about it or not, keeping up to date with your car’s headlights is a key responsibility in owning a vehicle. Because cars age, and because the parts of your car age, keeping your car updated will ensure the utmost safety. It’ll keep the car looking nice, too. You may not realize, but after 5 years with the same headlights, it may be time to make a change. And, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. Online retailers like ours have a huge selection of headlights that will fit your car. By replacing old or broken headlights,  you are keeping yourself safe, your passenger(s) safe, and everyone else on the road safe. How terrifying would it be if everyone had dark, old, dimming headlights and could barely see the road in front of them during a night drive?! Sounds like a scary world to us, and we’re thankful that we don’t live in it.

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Patrick Kirk
I am a full-time copywriter from Naples, FL and living in Austin, TX. I have written for the automotive industry for three years, and enjoy other hobbies such as camping and mountain biking. I received my Bachelors from Florida Gulf Coast University, and served in the U.S Coast Guard.

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