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Since headlights can give a car a distinctive look they are often thought of as a design element. But remember, headlights have an important job to do, and it’s not to make your car attractive! Exterior lights illuminate the road ahead, so you can see where you’re going, and other drivers and pedestrians can see you.
As long as people have been driving, they have been concerned about driving in the dark. That doesn’t necessarily mean nighttime driving. Weather conditions can turn the sky, and consequently the streets, quite dark, even during the day. Drivers in rural areas, where streetlights can be rare, have a special need for headlights.
Vehicles used to come equipped with standard gas-filled headlamps. Then auto manufacturers made technological advancements.
Now let’s look at high beam vs. low beam, when to use high beams and when to stick with low beams.
When you turn on your headlights, you are turning on the low beams. Easy enough, right? In older cars, the high beams were typically operated via a foot-operated switch on the floor, just left of the brake/clutch pedal. On newer vehicles, the high beam control is found on the turn signal lever.
Low beams are lower intensity and reach a shorter distance in front of your car. High beams are high intensity and light a greater distance.
Your headlights take care of you, so Jiffy Lube® takes special care of them. Every Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change includes a visual inspection of all exterior lights. A trained technician will check them for proper operation. If a problem is detected, further diagnostics will be performed (with your permission). Before you go on your way, your headlights will be carefully cleaned using special solvents.
Headlights, cabin lighting, parking lights, service reminder lights … Lighting terminology can get confusing! That’s why Jiffy Lube® put together this Car Terms Glossary.
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