Old headlights may produce only 20 percent of the light created by new ones

There is a good chance many people are driving around with headlights that aren’t working to their full potential, a dangerous piece of information as we head into the winter season.

A new report released by AAA on Tuesday revealed that clouded headlights generate only 20 percent of the amount of light that new headlights do. For the study, AAA tested headlights from two popular sedans, both approximately 11 years in the age.

“Headlights on the road in the U.S., even when new, don’t produce a sufficient amount of lighting, so any reduction in performance is a real safety issue,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering and Industry Relations.

Most vehicle headlights are made of plastic and exposure to sunlight can break down the plastic coating. Depending on where and how the vehicle is used, headlights can begin showing signs of deterioration as early as three years to five years.

AAA suggests drivers check their headlights for changes in appearance such as yellowing or clouding and if the bulb is difficult to see, the lenses should be replaced or restored as soon as possible. Both replacement and restoration services are provided by many repair shops, and drivers can also purchase tools to clean the headlights themselves.

By CArissa Lehmkuhl [YakTriNews]

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