Ever flash your headlights at an on-coming vehicle on a two lane road because of the glare, only to find that when they flash back the glare gets worse?
Well, your first thought would probably be that their headlights are out of alignment.
Many times, if one headlight is glaring more than the other, this is more than likely the case.
However, If both of the oncoming vehicle's lights were fairly even in their glaring projection (ruling out a truck that is jacked up really high) the odds are that the vehicle's headlights are in poor condition, covered with oxidation, foggy or clouded, and in need of restoration.
Their headlights have become a hazard to you! Not to mention that the other driver's direct line of sight is severely impaired as a result.
When auto headlights become oxidized and clouded the light projection becomes distorted by reflecting backwards back into the headlight assembly off the back of the oxidation or clouded area on the lens, causing what light that is forced through the lens to be widespread with no focused direction, and your left with ( Bright & Brighter ). The focused projection between high & low beams will become useless.
NOTE: It is recommended that when dealing with oncoming traffic on a two-lane road you should always focus on the white line on the right hand side of the road in front of you when passing oncoming traffic, the reason being that statistics show drivers tend to drift toward the direction they are looking in, hence facing the very real possibility of a head-on collision!
Usually these accidents involve only the driver side front quarter panels on both vehicles, in fact, this happens so often that Insurance companies specifically conduct test on driver side to driver side head-on impacts of all new and earlier model vehicles to determine the safety risk factors of those vehicles.
Many believe that poor vision, glare and drift factors are major contributors in this sort of collision.
So far I have been blaming the other guy's headlights for this very real accident scenario, so lets put ourselves in that position, have you noticed anyone flashing their headlights at you when your low beams are on?
If so, then consider checking your headlights for clarity, it doesn't take much distortion to cause glare or impairment of vision while driving at night.
If you want to buy your own headlight restoration kit and do-it-yourself, that's fine, just do it, and don't procrastinate about it!
You could be saving the lives of your family and or other families by taking the time and a reasonably small investment for your safety.
By Scott Summerson
When most people put their car up for sale, they usually do the normal things like wash it and vacuum it out, maybe wipe down the vinyl, dash & door panels with some kind of cleaner.
Some take it a step further by cleaning and dressing the tires, dressing the interior, cleaning the windows or maybe even waxing the whole car!
We do it to make the car look better and more attractive to a potential buyer, and it also raises the value of the vehicle; the more the customer likes it, the more you can get for it. Or at least maybe less or no haggling over price.
How many cars or trucks can you think of that you've seen (For Sale) on the roadsides that had cloudy headlights?
You may recall one or two that you have seen recently, but most people won't remember seeing any; because they didn't give that car a second thought.
No matter how good the rest of the car looked, the headlights killed it!
Now in all fairness, me being in the business of restoring headlights, I tend to notice foggy and clouded headlights more than your average Joe, so I don't expect people to remember something like that anyway.
My point is, that a small investment in having the headlights restored can raise the value of any vehicle by hundreds of dollars!
Otherwise the work you've put into making it look better is all for nothing!
“Restoring your headlights can make your whole car look better; But restoring your whole car can't make your headlights look any better.”
By Scott Summerson.
First I'd like to ask you a few questions.
We do things every day without really thinking about the real reason as to why we are doing them. Little (no brainer) things like looking and slowing before we cross an intersection, and letting off the accelerator when we see a potential hazard.
These are just a couple of examples of our automatic reactions; as with the 4 questions above, they are all for our own safety. So what about restoring their headlights?
What I don't understand is why people think it is safe to drive with clouded headlights? Or do they even think about it at all? And if not; Why not?
I mean do people really believe that the light projecting through that dirty lens is the same as if it was a new clear headlight lens?
I just don't know??
I do know that restoring your headlights is well worth the cost compared to the cost of vehicle damage or injury!
What ever the case; here's something to consider about headlights, safety and FL. State Laws.
Florida State Law Requirements for line of site on automotive headlights:
Florida Statutes 316.237 Multiple-beam road-lighting equipment.
Now, most Florida Law Enforcement Officers will not pull you over, or give you a ticket for oxidized or clouded headlights; However if you are ever involved in a (vehicle to vehicle) or (vehicle to pedestrian) accident, That may seemingly not be your fault; You could still be charged for that accident, and or be sued by the other party involved on the grounds of knowingly opperating a motor vehicle with impaired or distorted headlights.
Remember: “Ignorance is no excuse for the Law” to an Officer's eyes as well as the courts!
Published by Scott Summerson
Hello, Scott Summerson here, Here's a little about my experience: