Winter is coming

The nights are getting colder, and longer. Mornings are chilled and filled with fog. It can’t be ignored – winter is coming. As driving conditions become tougher, it’s a good idea to be extra careful when you hit the road. One important way to make driving easier – and safer – is to make sure your headlamps are up to scratch.

Darker for longer
Not only are the nights getting longer, but in some places, they are getting darker too. Many councils are turning off street lamps for part of the night – often from 12am to 5.30am. Making sure you have the best possible headlamps is essential for navigating unlit streets.

Regular check ups
Check your bulbs regularly to make sure they are all working correctly. If you are stopped by the police with a faulty headlamp they could give you an on the spot fine. Far better to check before you drive and keep other road users – and your bank balance – safe.

When a bulb has gone, you might think you only need to replace the broken one. While you can do this, it’s far better to do both at once. That way, the light emitted from each of your headlamps is equal, making driving much easier for you and other road users.

Clear as day
The newly-launched Xenon130 puts up to 130% more light on the road and has a beam pattern that’s up to 60m longer than a standard bulb. For a driver, this means seeing what’s coming sooner and increasing the time period you have to react.

It’s not just about quantity; the quality of light matters too. For the best possible conditions when you’re driving at night, look for bulbs with a whiter light. This light is closer to daylight, improving visibility while you’re on the road. This will make signs and road markings easier to see and help reduce eye strain and fatigue.

Standard headlight bulb vs Xenon130

Standard headlight bulb vs Xenon130

Specialist help
Investing in upgrading your bulbs is a sure-fire way to make night time driving easier. These bulbs – like the Xenon130 – are specially designed using micro filament technology and xenon gas to produce a brighter, whiter light.

To see the difference – and pick the best light for you – see our light comparison app.