See and be seen! The importance of car lighting and wiping systems as we head towards winter

As we head towards winter, with shorter days and poorer weather, it’s a good time to think about your car’s visibility systems - your lighting and wiping systems. Lighting is more than just your headlights, and wiping is more than just your wipers! Read on to learn more…

 

Light the way, inside and out

When you think of car lighting you probably think of your car’s headlights. And for good reason. Your car’s headlights play a crucial role in visibility – they light up the road in front of you and at night they alert oncoming drivers to your presence.

 

It is estimated that the risk of having a car accident at night is 3 times higher than during the day, almost half of fatal accidents occur when it is dark although only 20% of all journeys are driven at night. *

 

As our days get shorter, ensure your headlights are functioning properly and not causing glare for oncoming traffic. If you do need to change your headlights, consider Valeo’s Matrix Beam headlights – these latest generation LED headlights allow drivers to leave their high beams on without blinding oncoming drivers, providing maximum visibility in all conditions.

 

But, as you can see on our dedicated lighting page, your car’s lighting system is more than just your  headlights. All your car lights play an important role in your visibility and safety.

 

Your rear lights and indicators are integral to road safety and accident prevention. Ensure they are all functioning correctly and consider installing LED lamps as your tail lights LED lamps burn brighter than normal halogen lamps, increasing your visibility, and they use less energy which means lower CO2 emissions.

 

Valeo, in its alliance with Japanese lighting specialist Ichikoh, designs interior and exterior lighting solutions for all car makers’ requirements. Valeo also has a keen eye on the future - apart from advanced anti-glare LED headlights like the Matrix Beam сmentioned above, Valeo is also developing technology for the next generation of automotive travel - autonomous driving. Recent breakthroughs include lighting up pedestrian crossings to ensure pedestrian safety, and projecting lines onto the road to alert other cars and pedestrians to a car’s turning movements. With Valeo, the future of car lighting is looking bright!

 

When it’s time to change your car lighting, you can trust Valeo!

 

 

A clear view of the road 

Considering almost all of a driver’s visibility is through the windscreen, a clean and clear view is imperative to road safety. And yet, wiping systems remain one of the most overlooked aspects of a car’s visibility system. 

 

If your wipers leave traces, are noisy or don’t completely clear your windscreen of water it’s time to replace them. Once they are replaced you can help maintain proper wiping by taking a few simple steps:

 

  • Ensure your windscreen is kept clean - debris can damage wiper blades
  • Always defrost the windshield in winter before using wipers – ice can damage the wiper motor and blades
  • Only use windshield washer fluids - household cleaning products can deteriorate the blades


 

Valeo is the world leader in wiping systems supplying both Original Equipment and the spare parts aftermarket. Valeo has a comprehensive range of front and rear wiper blades in a variety of differentiated brands such as Valeo HydroConect™and Valeo Silencio™. Designed to be as stylish as they are efficient, Valeo wiper blades are easily adapted to all vehicle types.


Valeo is also at the forefront of wiper design. Valeo collaborates closely with vehicle manufacturers on future wiping technologies, including a focus on aerodynamics, noise and flawlessly blending with each individual vehicle’s design.

 

Valeo AquaBlade™

 

One of Valeo’s latest innovations is the introduction of Valeo AquaBlade™, a unique wiping system that incorporates fluid channels within the blades. Driver visibility is no longer obstructed by cleaning jets and cleaning quality is always assured, regardless of vehicle speed or wind conditions.

 

Valeo AquaBlade™, and all Valeo wiping systems, are designed to provide the ultimate in road safety. Trust Valeo for all your wiper needs!  

 

*Source : Valeoscope Lighting Systems (2015)

 

 

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