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Headlight systems have a simple design that involves a bulb, switch, fuse, and relay. While newer cars have adaptive headlights and running lights, they still rely on these four basics in the system.
When the headlights switch on, they turn on the relay within this system. Basically, the relay is the link between the car’s battery and the headlights. Using high beams activates certain fuses, and there are always fuses involved that keep the system from shorting out.
If any of these components stop working properly, then your headlights might not turn on anymore.
Fixing the Headlight Issue
If the problem is that the bulb has burned out in the headlight, then you might be able to fix it yourself. Replacing the bulb is something you can do with tools you might already have in the toolbox. Or, you might ask your spouse or someone else to replace the bulb if you’re not comfortable doing so.
Other times, the problem can be more complicated. If so, it’s worth calling a mechanic to find out what is wrong. They can diagnose the problem accurately and have the special equipment to fix it.
If you have a headlight that is damaged, it could be a cheap fix or a more expensive one. In some cases, your car insurance can provide a layer of protection.
When you file a claim for the broken headlight, the insurance agent will ask you how the damage happened. When you explain, the agent will try to determine how to compensate you, if possible.
When choosing car insurance, ask what the policy includes in different situations. Ensure it provides coverage for a range of risks you may have.
More about Your External Car Lights
While you know your headlights, do you know when to use your full beams, hazard lights, and dipped beam headlights? Understanding how the different lights work can help you and your family be safer on the roadway.
The full-beam headlights are the brightest ones, but only use them in certain situations as they can blind other road users, which is dangerous. For example, don’t turn them on in the daylight; only use them on long stretches of road at night to help you see better.
As for the dipped beam headlights in new cars, when they tilt down, they provide you with more visibility without blinding drivers coming toward you. They’re best to use in the daytime when you cannot see well, at night during the half-hour after sunset, or during the half-hour before sunrise.
Finally, your hazard lights are the blinkers that you turn on to tell others that you are in trouble. For example, if you break down in a dangerous part of the motorway, put them on to make your car noticeable to other drivers, so they avoid crashing into you.
Conclusions on Car Lights
Learning more about your car, including how the headlights operate, can help you feel more comfortable behind the wheel. Plus, you will then know which lights to use in which conditions to drive safely at all times of the day in your insured vehicle.