GETTING YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR WINTER

As the days get shorter, lights and wipers play a major role in safe driving, as the
chance of an accident increases if you can’t see or be seen.  With fewer daylight
hours in fall and winter, it’s important to make sure your vehicle’s lights and wipers
are working properly so your visibility is not compromised and you can be seen by
others.  From the driver’s seat, you may not notice a light that isn’t working, so
inspect all of your car’s lights and replace those that are out.
Also, inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly when wet weather hits.
Lights are normal wear items that require periodic inspection and replacement. The
lighting system provides nighttime visibility; signals and alerts other drivers; and
supplies light for viewing instruments and the vehicle’s interior. In addition to
replacing dimming, rapidly blinking and non-functioning lights, the following tips can
help keep you safe.

> Keep headlights, tail lights and signal lights clean. External dirt and debris can
dim operational lights from being seen by others.

> Make sure that your headlights are properly aimed. Misaimed headlights blind
other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road.

> If there is any doubt on whether or not your headlights should be on, turn
them on. Lights not only help you see better in early twilight, they also make
it easier for other drivers to see you.

> Don’t overdrive your headlights; you should be able to stop inside the
illuminated area, otherwise you are creating a blind crash area in front of your
vehicle.

The wiper system keeps excessive water, snow and dirt from building up on the
windshield, maintaining clear visibility. Many factors can accelerate the replacement
interval of wipers, including operating conditions (winter conditions are tough on wiper
blades), frequency of use, material and type of wipers and sunny weather. In fact,
wiper blades can deteriorate faster and need more frequent replacement in desert
states.
Don’t forget to check the rear window wiper blade too!
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