Outside Your Car 1 June 2020

Car Lights and Reflectors

A broken bumper light leaves your vehicle at increased likelihood of collision. Next to your brakes, your headlights are one of the most important safety features on your car. When choosing a bumper light, you should look for a high-quality light that can be fitted easily and is resistant to corrosion.

See and be seen

When driving at night, or when there is insufficient daylight to make seeing a person in dark clothes difficult at a distance of 100 metres, a driver must have clearly visible:

  • Headlights
  • Tail lights
  • Parking or indicator lights
  • Number plate lights
  • Clearance lights

It’s also important to prevent glare and ensure that your lights (other than high beams) are adjusted to avoid dazzling the driver of another vehicle.

How strong are your headlights?

Obviously, there are various choices available when it comes to headlights depending on the make and model of your car, but whether you opt for halogen or xenon, you must ensure that:

  • Low-beam lights illuminate the road ahead for at least 25 metres
  • High-beam lights illuminate the road ahead for at least 50 metres

Daytime running lights, if fitted, often have wattage limitations, there are several rules that apply specially to fog lights, and your car may be fitted with interior lights to illuminate the inside of your vehicle.

Colour coding

Each reflector has a different job to do, and a different colour:

  • Reflectors at the front of the car must be yellow or white
  • Reflectors at the rear of your car must be yellow or red
  • Reflectors on the central part of your car must be yellow

Keeping your lights and reflectors safe

The team of expert technicians at mycar offer a full range of services and general mechanical repairs for your vehicle. All work is covered by our industry-leading, Australia-wide guarantee.

Is your car due for a check-up?

If your car is due for a service, or you’d like to check if your vehicle is safe, then call us on 13 13 28 to book a service, or find your nearest store

Please note: Requirements vary, depending on the car make and model, and the state or territory in which you drive, so it's important to check with your local motor authority if you have any questions.

Does your car need maintenance or car repairs?

If your car is in need of a bit of TLC (there is some weird clanging, screeching or just the old girl just doesn't go up hills like she use to), the mycar team are experts in car diagnosis and car repairs, call us on 13 13 28 or find your nearest store.

How do I find a car repair shop near me?

If your car needs checking, servicing or repairing, you’re sure to find a mycar store near you with over 260 convenient locations around Australia.

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