Way too many accidents happen at night on TX roads. There are a lot of factors, but a big one is simply visibility: if you can’t see something, it’s hard to avoid hitting it.
There are some things Converse auto owners can do to make sure they can see as much as possible when they’re driving in the dark. First of all, keep your windshield clean. Glare from oncoming headlights can obscure obstacles in the road. Clean off that film that builds up on the inside of your windshield. And make sure you have good wiper blades and plenty of washer fluid.
Now it could be that your headlights aren’t as bright as they used to be. It happens – the bulbs just dim over time. If it’s been a couple of years since you replaced your headlamps and they aren’t lighting up the road like they used to, get some new ones. They make upgraded headlamps too that give you a brighter light and a larger field of vision so you can see better and further down the road. Check with your friendly Cordova Auto Centers technician if you want to up your headlamp performance.
Another very common headlamp problem in the Converse area is cloudy or yellowed lenses. These days lenses are plastic and they oxidize and discolor over time. Just look at the cars in the parking lot at your Converse office building – chances are you’ll see several with cloudy lenses. This is a huge problem because some of the light coming from your headlamps gets trapped before it can even get out and shine down the road.
Replacing a set of headlight assemblies can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars in San Antonio. There’s an alternative that can save San Antonio drivers big bucks: Headlight restoration. Your Cordova Auto Centers service professional can remove the oxidized layer from your lenses. He’ll then polish the lenses until they’re bright and smooth. When he’s all finished, your lenses will be as good as new.
Any accident on TX roads and freeways is inconvenient and can be expensive. And if someone gets hurt, well, that’s something you want to avoid at all costs. If you’re not confident driving at night in Converse, ask your friendly Cordova Auto Centers technician about headlamp replacement and headlight restoration San Antonio.
You may be surprised to learn that 40 percent of traffic fatalities in TX take place at night even though there’s 60 percent less traffic. It goes to show how important proper visibility is to nighttime driving in our San Antonio community.
Obviously, a clean windshield is important – so are good wiper blades. Your headlights play a big role as well. There are two main concerns. One is with the headlamp, or bulb. The other is with the lens.
The fact of the matter is that headlamps go dim over time on your family car or other auto. You just need to replace them. Some family cars come with a standard bulb which you can replace or you can upgrade to a halogen bulb that’s much brighter. Halogen costs a little more but you’d be amazed at the difference.
It’s a good idea to replace your headlamps once a year. The idea is that your lamps never dim to the point that they become a safety issue. Just take care of it at a fall oil change so that your lights will be bright for the coming long winter nights.
The other big issue is the headlamp lens. For the last couple of decades, most lenses are made of plastic which can get cloudy or yellow. That blocks a lot of light. You can replace the lens, but each lens assembly can cost as much as $350 to $400. It’s much less expensive to restore the lens if it isn’t broken.
We use a process of special cleaners and polishes to remove the yellowed and hazy layer of the lens. We then apply a hard protective finish. When we’re done, your lenses really are as good as new.
The price depends on the size of the lens and how yellowed or cloudy it is. You can even restore taillights and turn signals.
So combining a headlamp restoration with new bulbs will light up the road like a new car. Can you clearly see the advantage?
At Cordova Auto Center in San Antonio TX we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 210.646.9348.
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Cordova Auto Centers
12715 Nacogdocher Road
San Antonio, TX 78217