Even though my 2006 Honda Ridgeline doesn’t have daytime running headlights (i.e. the ones that run all the time, whether you like it or not), I drive with them on anyway, at all times. Even though I know it’s just wearing down the lightbulbs, I turn them on for safety so other drivers see me, regardless of whether I’m driving on a deserted road at noon or beltway traffic at 5pm. Whether this practice has ever saved my truck or me is a fact I’d rather not test.
But as mentioned, keeping the headlights on all the time wears them out, but not as quickly as you’d think. My 2006 truck is close to hitting 65,000 miles on the odometer and “finally” one headlight went out. But how did I find out?
You see, I don’t want to drive at night with a broken headlight and risk a traffic ticket, and I don’t regularly inspect my vehicle by walking around while the lights are on (and Maryland doesn’t have an annual safety inspection), so I found 2 very simple tricks to testing all my vehicle lights.
I bet half of you will say “duh” to these tips once you read them, but I bet only a small fraction of you have ever thought of them on your own!
How to easily check your headlights:
Turn them on, day or night, and look at the reflection in someone’s bumper/rear of car. DUH! But that’s how I’ve always done it and how I found out my headlight went out today. I guess it helps if you have traffic or red lights in your area, which I know some of you don’t, so here’s another tip…
How to easily check ALL your lights:
Drive up to or back up to a shop window (or any large reflective area you can see from your vehicle) and turn on your lights, tap your brakes, etc. DUH! Actually, if you’re often alone and don’t want to ask someone to check if your brake lights work, this may be your only option (other than sticking a brick on your brake pedal and getting out to check. OOH! That’s a third tip!).
See how simple these tips are? Did you say “DUH!”? Well did you ever try them? I bet not!