New study shows that cloudy headlights increase the risk of auto accidents
“Every vehicle on the road has headlights, but can the quality of a person’s lights affect your business? According to a recent AAA study, having older headlights increase the possibility of impairing a driver by limiting the range of vision they have during darker times in the day. This can mean more auto glass repairs for you and your shop if drivers get into more accidents as a result of limited visibility.
Compared to new headlights, clouded headlights only produce about 20 percent of light needed, according to AAA’s report. Over time vehicle headlights can start to lose its color and fade from sunlight damage from driving during the day. Both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and AAA found high numbers of car accidents that happened at night. Visibility was a main concern for NTSB, in fact, the organization held a meeting at the end of September discussing its results from a highway safety report.”
Read more on this study here.
It should come as no surprise that the less the visibility the greater the risk of getting into an accident. Many drivers neglect to replace their headlights when the time is right. It’s difficult enough to make out dark objects while traveling at a high rate of speed. Amplify that with the statistic above of the 80 percent loss of light clouded headlights and it is only a matter of time before an accident occurs.
Whether that be a fender bender or something more serious, chances are that your auto glass might be damaged in the process. Talk to your mechanic about replacing those old headlights. If you need a windshield or other auto glass replaced we’d be happy to assist! Visit our auto glass repair page or call 612-343-8984 for more information.