Are Your Car Lights Legal?

  • Barrowford MOT Centre

We are officially in autumn now so as the sun sets earlier and rises later we have put together a guide to make sure that all the lights on your car are working correctly.

As you are probably already aware, the lights on your car are used for a few different things – making you visible to other road users, letting people see what you’re doing, and (of course) letting you see where you’re going! It’s really important that all of your lights are working.

Front lights:

  • Sidelights
  • Dipped beam
  • Main beam
  • Fog lights
  • Indicators check both sides.
  • DRLs (daytime running lights)

Rear lights:

  • Driving lights
  • Brake lights
  • Fog lights
  • Indicators both sides
  • Reversing light
  • DRLs
  • Number plate light

Other things to check:

  • Side repeaters – You can find these little lights on the side of your car, normally under the wing mirror. Sometimes, they’ll be built into the wing mirror as well.
  • The horn – while you’re doing the lights, test your horn, too! It can be important for letting other road users know you’re there. Just make sure you warn your assistant, or they might get a shock!

Why check your car’s lights?

Doing this routinely means you’ll be able to drive safe in the knowledge that other people can see you and your signals. Remember, if your lights aren’t working, you’ll fail your MOT! You can also be given an on-the-spot fine if you’re spotted with a broken light, so make sure you’re legal!

Checking your lights is a really simple job that is easy to forget. Running through our quick checklist once in a while can mean that you’re safe (and legal) out on the roads.

If you need any help with the above though you can always bring the car in to Barrowford MOT where we can work in pairs running through the checks for you.

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