wipers 300KENTUCKY (7/5/13) – Many drivers feel less comfortable behind the wheel at night than they do during the day, when daylight makes it easier to see fellow motorists as well as pedestrians. Nighttime can compromise a driver's vision, and that reduced vision is a key factor in traffic fatalities, nearly half of which occur at night.

Though traffic accidents are a byproduct of a host of factors, headlamp clouding is one of them and a growing problem for many motorists. Vehicles equipped with plastic headlamp lenses can become hazed and yellowed from the effects of sunlight, ozone, road pollution and the chemicals used in car washes. When driving at night, cloudy headlamps combine with little or no natural light to decrease visibility and pose a significant safety threat to drivers, their passengers and fellow motorists. Drivers cannot increase the amount of natural light at night, but there are steps they can take to improve their nighttime visibility.

* Address cloudy headlamps. Plastic headlamp lenses, especially as they age, reduce headlight output considerably, compromising nighttime vision and the safety of drivers and their passengers. But as potentially dangerous as cloudy headlamps can be, it's just as easy for drivers to address the issue before it becomes a problem. Employing an advanced technology that works with minimal effort, the Philips Headlight Restoration Kit is designed for do-it-yourselfers and can help restore headlight lenses to like-new condition in less than 30 minutes. In lieu of a costly headlamp replacement, the Philips Headlight Restoration Kit allows motorists to quickly and significantly improve the light output of their headlamps, taillights, turn signals and reflective lens covers.

* Keep wiper blades fresh. Vision is already compromised at night, when the lack of natural light can make it difficult to see pedestrians or animals on the road. That visibility is only further compromised by brittle or ineffective wiper blades, which should be changed every 90-120 days to ensure optimal performance. Drivers who live in areas with heavy rain or snowfall should inspect their wiper blades more frequently, especially if there is pitting on the windshield.

* Check the windshield washer periodically. The windshield washer is an often overlooked aspect of vehicle maintenance. Unfortunately, it's typically too late by the time many motorists notice an issue with their windshield washer. Don't fall victim to a faulty windshield washer in the middle of a rainstorm or a blizzard. Inspect the windshield washer periodically to ensure it's working properly and keep the fluid level topped off so it's there when you need it.

* Think ahead. In addition to addressing existing issues, drivers can take steps to ensure their nighttime visibility is protected over the long haul. The Philips Headlight Restoration Kit, for example, employs a protective UV coating that can prevent future clouding for up to two years. In addition to addressing the headlamps, consider how your visibility is likely to be affected during the worst possible snowstorm or on a night with torrential rains. Keep those conditions in mind when deciding whether or not to hang any fuzzy dice or other trinkets from your rearview mirror. While such items can add a touch of personality to your vehicle, the decreased visibility such items can cause is not worth the cost over the long haul.

SurfKY News

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Checkpoint Stop Results in Multiple Drug Charges

PADUCAH, Ky. (5/4/15) — According to a Kentucky State Police report, on May 1, 2015 at 9 p.m., KSP conducted a traffic… Read More

Mayors, County Judge Executive to Proclaim May as National Military Appreciation Month

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (5/4/15) — The U.S. Congress has proclaimed May as National Military Appreciation Month. During this… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 28, 2015 4253

Search for Stolen Vehicle Ends with Woman Charged…

by SurfKY News
April 27, 2015 3628

Online Petition Seeking Re­opening of Shanice…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
April 28, 2015 3414

Man Charged with Stalking Smoke Shop Clerk

by MPD
April 27, 2015 2966

Hopkins County Drug War ― Are We Winning?

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 30, 2015 2891

Family Says 'Goodbye' to Dog After It Allegedly…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 15727

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 8544

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 05, 2015 2711

School Board Studies Further Spending Cuts

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 2240

Meth Charge Follows MPD Investigation into…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1932

Alleged Littering Leads to Drug Arrest

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1681

Teen Injured During Collision with Police Cruiser

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1270

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released - May…

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1234

Women ‘Get the Message’ at River Ministry Banquet

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1091

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

by SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 1068

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
May 05, 2015 1063

First United Bank Becomes Hopkins School System’s…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 04, 2015 848

Dawson Springs Police Reports for Monday, May 4,…

by SurfKY News