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Check your car's visibility

Chicago Tribune -- Daylight savings time will soon end. The dreaded nighttime commute is nigh. Good vision is vital and the Car Care Council encourages all car owners to conduct a vehicle visibility safety check during National Headlight Safety Month in October before the time changes on November 1.

Here is a simple checklist of things you, or your mechanic, can do quickly and inexpensively:

-- Check your headlight brightness. Headlight bulbs dim over time. Park on a level surface facing five feet from a wall and check the light display. The circles of light should be bright or soft white, not yellow or dim, and the circles should be even.

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Submitted Oct 29, 2012 By: BennoBlue
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2012 9:00:06 AM

1full: Amen. And lots of existing drivers who need to be reminded...
1fulltank
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:27:08 AM

Most of the article is common sense, but there is always a new generation of drivers that needs to be educated on the finer points.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:23:49 AM

10k ... Good to know! Thanks!!
Zonk
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:23:30 AM

Good article. Also time for a change on November 6th.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:22:15 AM

Even what color your car is makes a difference in ability to be seen by others!
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:20:38 AM

Okay
HailstormCA
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:19:59 AM

My headlights are so bright they could double as floods for a movie set.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:18:46 AM

Some folks are living in fast forward. We should do away with DST as it really doesn't help us anymore with the advancements in technology (e.g) LED, CFL, and energy saving appliances.
jdhelm
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:13:59 AM

toothpaste works pretty good at removing the haze from headlight lenses - so does oil
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:13:56 AM

See and be seen
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:12:45 AM

check your headlights
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:11:45 AM

Rarely drive at night anymore.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:11:00 AM

Keep them bright to see where you are going.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:10:05 AM

Also headlight lenses discolor.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:08:57 AM

ahahah :P

"The next time change is November 4th, not November 1st like this article says."
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:07:24 AM

The next time change is November 4th, not November 1st like this article says.
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:03:47 AM

my circles (under my eyes) are even...does that count ?
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Message Posted: Oct 30, 2012 12:01:42 AM

What?
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:59:47 PM

good
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:56:22 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:55:12 PM

checked
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:53:50 PM

Them darn jacked-up trucks that blind you with their lights are nothing but terrible and those truck are nothing be a joke.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:53:21 PM

OK......?
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:52:43 PM

okay
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okay
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:51:25 PM

thanks for the post
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:51:17 PM

I do not like to do much night driving now.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:51:11 PM

I don't drive after dark.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:50:38 PM

Why do people wait until the time change?
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:50:22 PM

No more Hype and Chains!
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:49:32 PM

better now or it could be never ever
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:48:36 PM

Good advice.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:48:34 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:46:40 PM

O.K.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:46:22 PM

Nice to know
DesertP90X
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:44:30 PM

amazing that people don't do this often.
I check before every long trip.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:43:31 PM

“Clouded lenses may be polished for much less than replacements that range from about $250 to over $1,000.”

Gone are the days of the simple sealed-beam headlight unit that could be bought from any service station or parts store for less than $10. (I do still have one vehicle that uses them.)
Geo4564
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:42:46 PM

New headlamps make a big difference.
10k
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:42:29 PM

i was a vehicle inspector before we went out of business, and most people do not realize their headlights will grow dim with age..most of this article is spot on..
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:41:28 PM

pay attention.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:40:47 PM

This article is a good reminder
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:39:13 PM

Sounds right.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:38:46 PM

Do a walk around
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:37:59 PM

Good advice.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:37:09 PM

old news
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:36:27 PM

good advise ...
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:36:15 PM

good info
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:36:04 PM

sure
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:32:15 PM

Make sure the lights are lined up correctly also.
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:31:31 PM

I hate the time change...
jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 11:30:38 PM


Aha, this article is about lights — visibility of the road from the car, not visibility of the car as the headline indicates. I figured it was going to say that white and bright yellow cars are safer than maroon, brown, or black ones.
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