Driving in winter can be hazardous – icy road, snowy conditions, mist and fog can all make roads dangerous, so it’s more important than ever to pay attention to the maintenance of your vehicle. Your car lights are one of the most important aspects of your vehicle – not only do they help you to be seen in the dark, but they’re also vital for driving in misty or foggy conditions.
Checking your car before a journey
It’s not just your car lights you need to check – here is a list of things that you should check before setting out on any journey in winter:
- Check your lights are working – make sure your full beam, dipped headlights and fog lights are working and don’t forget your brake and reversing light. It may be easier to ask a friend to stand outside and check these for you. You should also ensure you wipe your lights of snow or moisture before you set off, so that they’re clearly visible.
- Check your anti-freeze levels and ensure screen wash is topped up.
- Check your tyre tread and pressure.
- It’s also a good idea to turn off non-essentials such as your lights, wipers and rear-screen heater before starting your engine, to avoid drain on your battery when you start the car.
Whilst most people check their lights regularly, faulty fog lights or a broken brake light could cause accidents, so it’s important to keep an eye on these throughout the year, not just during the winter months. Bear in mind that it gets darker earlier during the winter, so you’ll use your lights more.
Accidents caused by broken or faulty lights
Your vehicle’s lights don’t only help you to be visible, they’re also used to indicate where you are going and when you’re stopping, and faulty or broken brake lights or indicator lights could cause road accidents. If you’re injured in an accident and the other driver has faulty lights – for example if they’re driving with barely visible lights – then you could be eligible to claim for compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline can offer you confidential advice 24/7 on our freephone helpline – 0800 689 0500 – and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether your claim is viable. We believe everyone should be able to claim, so we won’t charge extortionate fees – in fact, we offer a 100% no win, no fee service, so there are no upfront costs involved at all. Our friendly, professional team have been helping customers just like you since 2000, so we’re experienced in the personal injury compensation industry, and you know you can trust us to deal with your claim sympathetically and efficiently.Open Claim Calculator