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Lights and Reflectors

Night time driving for all road users presents its fair share of dangers. However, there are precautions which you can take to feel safer and be better prepared, and this includes ensuring that your lights and reflectors are all in great working order.

There are a number of lights on our vehicle and each has its own purpose, these include:

  • Headlights (including low and high beam) 
  • Tail lights 
  • Reverse lights 
  • Blinkers or indicator lights 
  • Parking lights 
  • Number plate lights 
  • Front and rear reflector lights 


Your headlights and tail lights enable you to see where you are going, as well as giving other road users plenty of time to see you. It's essential that these lights are fully visible and in good working order.

It's vital that, just like tyres, your headlights are aligned and pointing in the correct direction. A displaced headlight may pose a distraction to other drivers or you may find it hard to see where you are going.

There have been significant developments with new technologies, including LED's (light emitting diodes) in new vehicle models, however the fundamental purpose remains the same.

When one headlight becomes blown or damaged it's advisable to replace both headlights, as the opposite light is likely close to expiring also.

Your indicator lights or blinkers are extremely important in letting other motorists know that you are turning or changing lanes. It's a good idea to regularly check these lights as they are not visible from the cabin of your car.

Your parking lights are useful during times where low visibility is an issue, such as fog or stormy conditions.

Reversing lights, which come on when your car is in reverse, are especially important at night as they can light up the small area behind the car. This allows you to see possible objects in your mirrors.

Reflectors can be found all over your car, including side reflectors near the front door. These reflectors reflect the light from an oncoming light source like another vehicle.

Keeping your lights and reflectors clean and free from dirt and mud will give you the best opportunity to see and be seen.

BestDrive. You drive, we care.

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