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Don't forget the lights!


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. Those of us who live in St. Joseph, MO know how difficult it can be to be seen in winter weather. Although we have had a rather mild winter so far our teams wants to be sure our everyone arrives at their destination safely.

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. Call Ryan or Joe at Avenue Auto Sales and ask about our BG headlight service. 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 as you know. 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 harsh winter conditions. Don’t forget to check the rear window wiper blade too! Remember to wash your car regularly too. Each time it snows you should have your vehicle washed to get rid of the excess snow and this is also a great time to routinely check your blades and lights. Our team at Avenue Auto will be happy to help you, please stop by anytime to have our team check out your lights and wipers. Please be safe out there!