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Why Checking Your Lights Regularly Is Important

Car headlights
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The blog this week is about why it is important to regularly check your lights on your Volvo or Toyota. Not only do you face a fine if you are stopped with defective lights but you also endanger other road users. Everyone is trying to save money at the moment, interest rates are rising, fuel bills are rising, food costs are soaring etc so when it comes to owning a car, we need all the help we can get to keep costs down. Read on to find out more:

Just yesterday whilst driving down the M3 in the evening rush hour with the torrential rain and it getting dark quickly with poor visibility we spotted no fewer that 17 vehicles on our side of the road with defective lights! So how often do you check that all your lights are working properly? You should be checking weekly! You could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £100 but if it goes to court this could go up to £1000! Types of car lights include:

  • Headlights. There are two types of headlights—low beam and high beam. These lights allow you, the driver to see the roadway in the dark, whilst also signalling to other motorists that your car is present. If you do switch on your high beam remember to switch it off when there is oncoming traffic or when you see a car In front of you – driving along with high beams is not only irritating for the other drivers it is also very dangerous as you are dazzling them with the bright lights affecting their vision!
  • Rear lights. Rear lights are required to produce only red light at the rear of the vehicle and are wired such that they are lit whenever the headlights are on. This helps drivers who are traveling behind you to see that you’re there and how far ahead you are. Incredibly important when it is dark and/or raining when visibility is greatly reduced.
  • Daytime running lights. These lights are located in both the front and rear of the car and generally turn on automatically; although in some cars you do have an option to turn them off. Not all vehicles have these type of lights. Older vehicles will not have them.
  • Fog lights. Located at the rear of your car. These should only be used in fog and should be switched off once there is no fog present. Some vehicles will have 2 some will have 1.
  • Indicators. These are there for you to use to let OTHER road users know your intentions – how many people do we see on a weekly basis who don’t use them??? Tons – just because you know where you are going WE don’t!!! Use them – they are there for a reason.
  • Brake lights. Located at the rear of your vehicle – very important because they let the drivers behind you know that you are slowing down/stopping so they need to react accordingly!

Hazzard Lights. When turned on they admit a flashing signal to warn other drivers that you’re experiencing a problem or are warning them of danger in front of you. Happy Safe Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, 2019 & 2020, The IGA Big Awards 2022, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award, The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, The LiveWire Excellence In Vehicle Servicing 2019 Award and The Aftermarket Excellence Award for Best Website 2019, The Eagle Radio Biz Award – Entrepreneur of the Year 2020 & the SME News Magazine Most Trusted Car Servicing Provider 2020, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.