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Do You Know Why Your Taillight Is Failing?

Tail lights are one of the most important yet frequently overlooked parts of a car. If you are like most drivers, you forget about them because they are out of sight and out of mind. However, you should check them often to ensure they are working properly. Some of the most common reasons that your tail lights are not working include a bad ground wire, a blown bulb, corrosion, or a blown fuse. If drivers seem to be tailing you or if you’ve been inexplicably honked at recently, perhaps a faulty tail light is to blame for the trouble.

The Importance of Working Tail Lights

Why are your tail lights so important? They are designed to alert other drivers when your car is in reverse or indicate that your vehicle is slowing down or coming to a halt. Though these may seem like inconsequential features, it could be dangerous without them. If, for example, another car does not notice that you are backing out, they may not stop, resulting in a collision. Similarly, conditions such as inclement weather can make your vehicle difficult to see. Without tail lights, your car may be nearly invisible.

How to Know if Your Tail Lights Are Out

Because your tail lights face rearward, they are not always easily observed. You will know if you get pulled over by a cop, but ideally, you will be able to detect and resolve any problems before that point. There are several ways to check them and see whether or not they are in working order. One method you may try is backing up to a large reflective surface, such as the windows of a storefront, and checking in the reflection to see if they work. You may also ask a friend or spouse to press on the brake while you walk around the back of your vehicle.

How Often You Should Check

Because your tail lights are so important, it’s a good idea to check them regularly using any of the above methods. You can also have a check done as part of routine maintenance for your car. If it’s time to get your car serviced, schedule an appointment at Sun Devil Auto for comprehensive care and tail light checks.