Headlights are essential parts of modern cars. Without them, not only would it be extremely difficult to see what’s coming ahead of you, you would have a hard time locating other vehicles on the road as well.
There are usually multiple settings for your headlights so it is important to know the difference between your regular headlights, tail lights, and high beams. Not all vehicles will indicate that the headlights are on but they will at least tell you when the high beams are on by illuminating a dashboard indicator light.
What the headlight indicators mean
As mentioned earlier, your headlight control dial will have a few different options to select. The first setting is typically a symbol of two lights pointing outwards. These are the tail lights, which help cars behind you to identify you at night. This setting does not turn on the headlights so be sure to click the dial one more time if you’re driving at night. The second setting, shown using an image of a single light pointing to the left, turns on the actual headlights. Your car’s high beams are typically activated by pushing forward or pulling back slightly on the turn signal lever. The high beam symbol is very similar to the regular headlights, but it is one of the few blue lights on the dash.
Is it safe to drive with the headlight indicators on?
The headlights not only help you see what’s ahead, but they allow everyone around you to see you as well. Whether it’s a car coming the other way or someone walking along the street, driving without headlights puts everyone around you at risk too.
High beams these days are like miniature suns and it can be difficult to see after being flashed in the face with them so make sure you turn off the high beams when there are cars in front of you.
If your headlights are giving you any sort of trouble, enlist one of our certified technicians to help you diagnose any issues.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as What Do the Headlight Indicators Mean? and was authored by Spencer Cates.