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AAA warns of dangers of old headlights

Florida drivers may not think about headlights needing regular inspection and maintenance, but the American Automobile Association says otherwise. Its research shows that old headlights only produce a little more than 20 percent of the light that fully working beams provide. In a press release, AAA recommended using original manufacturer parts as replacements. While aftermarket parts worked at a capacity of 83 to 90 percent, they were less intense overall and also tended to create a glare for other drivers.

According to AAA, cloudy or yellow headlights are indications that they should be restored or replaced. The association said that restoring headlights was less effective than replacing lights. Restoration only brought output as high as 70 percent and created too much of a glare, according to Department of Transportation standards.

AAA has several other recommendations for driving safely at night. The organization said drivers should use high beams on roads that are not lit. Motorists on unlit roads should also drive slower so they have enough time to react to animals, people or obstacles on the road. The organization also recommends that drivers 60 and older who struggle with glare from headlights should have their eyes checked for cataracts.

Faulty headlights, driving too fast on unlit roads and driving while fatigued may all cause car accidents at night. If someone is injured in such an accident, they may be able to hold the at-fault motorist responsible for the medical bills and other related damages. If the driver's insurance company does not offer enough compensation, it could be necessary to file a lawsuit.

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