Most drivers make sure to keep their car clean but many forget about one of the most important safety systems: the headlights. Like the rest of the care, the headlights need tender loving care to operate at peak efficiency. Here’s a page all about headlights from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. Drive safe this holiday season!
How to Replace a Bulb
To begin replacing a burnt out bulb, start by checking the owner’s manual to see what kind of bulb you need. If your owner’s manual doesn’t list this information, call a service department and ask.
Once you have the bulb, open the hood and locate the back of the headlight. From there, remove the power wires attached to a plug at the base of the headlights. Remove the old bulb. Finally, install the new bulb.
How to Clean the Lenses
Headlight lenses experience oxidization that cause a cloudy look. Cleaning them is relatively simple. First, gather car soap, masking tape, a soft cloth, toothpaste, and water.
Start by cleaning the lenses with the car soap and let them air dry. If they still look cloudy, cover the surrounding areas with masking tape. Add toothpaste to a damp, soft cloth and firmly rub your headlights in small circles.
Clean each headlight for up to five minutes, then rinse them with water and let them air dry. Add car wax to avoid future damage.
When to Use High Beams
It’s safe to use high beams when no other cars are coming towards you. High beams should always be used outside of cities and in rural areas provided there isn’t any oncoming traffic. Turn off your high beams when closing in on another vehicle.
Driving with the sun shining in your face or beating down on your body can be uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous. One way to alleviate some of these issues is by getting your windows tinted. However, there are a few rules regarding window tinting.
Here in North Carolina if you get your windows tinted, different rules apply to different types of vehicles. If you drive a sedan the rear and side windows can be tinted, but the windows have to allow in more than 35 percent of the light. With an SUV or van, this restriction only applies to the front side windows. Any darkness can be used on the rear windows.
Another aspect of tinting windows is reflective coatings. Just like you see in some sunglasses, some tinting film uses metallic surfaces to help reflect sunlight. In North Carolina, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the tinting cannot be more than 20 percent reflective, regardless of which window it is on.
Along with helping to shield you and your passengers from the sun, there are additional benefits to window tinting such as privacy, security, UV protection, keeping your interior cooler, and protecting your interior from sun damage.
If you are interested in adding some tint to your windows, we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi will be happy to assist you.
Responsible Pet Owner’s Month
For many of us, our pets are more than just animals; they are part of the family. So in honor of Responsible Pet Owners’ Month, here are a few tips and reminders to ensure your furry friends lead a happy and healthy life.
- In the famous words of Bob Barker, “Remember to have your pet spayed or neutered.” The ASPCA estimates that five to seven million animals enter shelters nationwide each year with many facing euthanasia due to overcrowding – you don’t want to add to the problem.
- Keep up friendly relations with your vet! Be sure to schedule regular veterinary appointments for your pets. This ensures that problems can be caught before they become an issue. If you notice concerning behaviors in your pet, such as significant weight gain, weight loss, or loss of appetite, be sure to take your pet to the vet right away as this could be the sign of a serious problem.
- Feed your pet right, and be sure they get enough exercise! Remember, food does not always equal love! “Feeding an unbalanced diet or feeding to excess can be bad for your pet’s health,” according to Dr. Teresa Rieser, DACVECC. You also want to avoid feeding your pet human foods such as: grapes, raisins, chocolate, onions, garlic, macadamia nuts, and foods with caffeine such as coffee or tea; as this can be poisonous to your K9 or feline companion.
We here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi wish all of our readers and their furry friends a happy Responsible Pet Owners’ Month!
Deer Mating Season
This time of year marks deer mating season and we are likely to see them on the road more often than normal, especially at dawn and dusk. As a result, we should all keep our eyes peeled for these bounding animals and know what to do should we encounter them on the road.
- Don’t swerve. Notice we at Larry Jay Mitsubishi continue to emphasize slowing down rather than moving out of the deer’s way. That’s because it is better to stay in your lane and slow down than to try to change lanes or swerve around the deer. This could cause you to hit a vehicle in the lane beside you or place you in the path of oncoming traffic, causing more damage than if you were to hit the deer.
- Use your high beams. The key to avoiding a run-in with Bambi is to give yourself as much reaction time as possible. Using your high beams whenever possible will increase your chances of spotting a deer when it is still a ways from your vehicle. A deer’s eyes will reflect in the light, so even if they are still on the side of the road, you’ll have time to slow down in case they decide to dart in front of your vehicle.
- Check for more than one. Deer tend to travel together. If you see one, chances are there are others nearby. Even if the first deer has safely crossed the road, slow down in case another quickly follows.
Collisions with animals are unfortunate and we want them to be avoided. Since we know they are on the move during this season, let’s all be conscientious in watching for their beady eyes on the side of the road, ready to slow down to avoid accidents with deer.