The Importance of Your Vehicle's Lights in the Winter | Road Runner Auto CareNo matter whether you live in Apple Valley, California, or anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere, winter means one thing for certain: the fact that there are fewer hours of daylight. It also means that in the winter, you need to use your vehicle’s lights more often. California law requires that you must leave on your headlights from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise. It also states that you need to turn them on in inclement weather whenever the visibility is less than 1,000 feet.

Your vehicle’s lights are important throughout the year, but the shorter daylight hours mean they’re even more necessary in the winter. That’s why you need to make sure your car’s lights are in working order for the season. We will check your vehicle’s lights here at Road Runner Auto Repair in Apple Valley to ensure they’re working properly and repair or replace any that aren’t. Here are some vehicle lights that we can check.

Headlights

Your vehicle is equipped with both high-beam and low-beam headlights. The lights serve two basic purposes in that they allow you as a driver to see in the dark and also let other drivers know your car is in the vicinity. Because the light from high-beam headlights is so intense, you should only use them when you can see no cars in front of you, either oncoming or moving ahead. Low-beam headlights provide an even forward and side illumination without the glare that could potentially blind other drivers.

Taillights

Your vehicle’s red taillights are lit only when the headlights are turned on. Basically, your vehicle’s taillights are for the benefit of drivers behind you.

Signal Lights

Located near the headlights and the taillights, the signal lights, or turn signals, let other drivers know you intend to turn in the direction of the signal.

Brake Lights

Only activated when you brake, the brake lights are located next to the rear lights and indicate to other drivers that you’re slowing or stopping.

Let Road Runner Auto Care in Apple Valley Check Your Vehicle’s Lights

Our experienced technicians can make sure your vehicle’s lights are working for the winter season. Contact us today at Road Runner Auto Care in Apple Valley, California.

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