Have you ever been glared at by someone else headlights, or observed that your own headlights are not lighting the street right in front of you? If all you can perceive is the greenery on the side of the road, or approaching motorists are continually blinking their high beams or tooting their horn at you, most probable is that your headlights are cockeyed and giving those other motorists an eyeful.
By Author: Rick Popely
How Do I Know My Headlights Are Aimed Properly?
Suspension problems or a heavy cargo load can change your vehicle’s ride height and shift one or both headlights subtly. A collision or hitting a road hazard also can move a light assembly and misalign your lights.
One way to tell if headlights are correctly aimed is to park the vehicle on a level surface and shine the headlights on a garage door or wall 25 feet ahead (some cars may require a different distance). The top of the low beam shining on the wall should be at or slightly below the height of the center of the headlight lens for most vehicles. You should expect the light pattern to be higher on the right side (passenger side) to illuminate road signs and lower on the driver’s side to prevent blinding other drivers. This should give you a good idea of whether the beams on both sides are aimed correctly.
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Before going out a long drive or just your normal travel, test your headlight alignment on the road. Take your car out for a test drive to make sure the headlights are adjusted properly. Readjust if necessary so it won’t cause any problem for your or to other motorists that you may encounter.
By well known author: Pete Bigelow.
Can’t See At Night? It’s Your Headlights, Not Your Eyes
Having trouble seeing while driving at night? It may not be your eyes. Headlights on most new cars are downright terrible, according to the findings of a new study. As a result, motorists aren’t getting the illumination they need to see the road and avoid obstacles at night.
In a new measure of headlight effectiveness released Wednesday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says only one of 31 new mid-size vehicles tested, the Toyota Prius v, earned a good rating when properly equipped. Less than half the cars tested earned an “acceptable” rating or above.
The poor overall results are surprising because automakers have introduced new technology in recent years like curve-adapting systems and LED headlights that are often touted as safety enhancements. That’s not necessarily the case, says the IIHS, which additionally found the price of a vehicle had no bearing on the effectiveness of the lights.
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Always make sure that your headlights are level. Use common tools like a bevel to level between the two marked center lines to see if they are uniform. If they are not uniform, take a tape measure to measure how far up the wall the lower mark is and lower the other center line marker to the same height. And for your body repair needs we at Guanella will take care of it for you.