Your car is equipped with hundreds of lights, both inside and out. Undoubtedly the two most important ones are your headlights. Without working headlights, you have a harder time seeing the road in front of you and drivers have a harder time seeing you.
Because of the fallibilities of light bulbs, it’s likely that one headlight will burn out before the other, even though they spend exactly the same amount of time illuminated. When this happens, it’s important to change the burned out headlight as soon as possible because it’s illegal to drive with only one working headlight.
According to Record Searchlight, the law states:
“A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be equipped with at least two headlamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle. During darkness, a vehicle shall be equipped with lighted lighting equipment as required for the vehicle.”
Of course, if you’re pulled over for having a burned out headlight, the officer is most likely to give you a warning and encourage you to replace the burned out bulb as soon as possible. At worst, you’ll receive a citation and an allotted amount of time to correct the violation. If this happens, you may be required to send proof of the correction to court and pay a small fee.
When it comes time to replace the headlight, follow these instructions from DMV.org.
For most cars on the road today, changing a burned out headlight is simple and requires no mechanic experience. Here’s what to do:
With older cars, you may be required to remove the entire headlamp in order to reach and replace the bulb. Here’s what to do:
If you don’t feel comfortable changing a burned out headlight yourself, or your car requires others services as well, feel free to bring your car in to Scott’s Fort Collins Auto & Repair for a headlight replacement. Stop by anytime! You can also schedule an appointment online or call ahead at (970) 682-4202.