Did you know that having a burned out headlight can result in your rearview mirror reflecting some flashing lights? In other words, you might get pulled over by the police for only having one working headlight, because in most places it's against the law.
Not only is it illegal to drive with one headlight burned out, but it's also dangerous. You can't see down the road nearly as well at night with only one headlight, and other drivers can't see you as easily either.
The good news is many newer vehicles warn you when one of your headlamps burns out. When that happens, have it taken care of as soon as you can. While there was a time when all headlamps were pretty much the same, the same isn't true these days. There are halogen, Xenon, LED and other technologies used in modern vehicles. Plus there are sealed beams (like those on older vehicles) and capsules.
If you have a burned out headlamp, ask your service advisor for recommendations. Usually when one side goes, the other isn’t far behind. Many suggest replacing both headlamps at the same time. Your vehicle's owner's manual can tell you what the manufacturer recommends. You also can ask your service advisor about upgrading to a headlight that might give you better visibility.
In order to make sure you're able to see down the road the way your vehicle was designed and not blind oncoming drivers, it's vital that new headlights be aimed properly. That's another good reason to have this service performed by a technician. Now, that's a really bright idea.
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