You may be surprised to learn that 40% of fatal accidents occur at night even though there is 60% less traffic. This statistic shows how essential good visibility is for night driving.
Of course, a clean windshield is important; having good wiper blades is also important. Your headlights also play a crucial role. There are two main problems to avoid. The first is related to the headlight bulb. The other is the lens.
There's no doubt that headlights fade over time. All we have to do is replace them. Some vehicles are equipped with standard bulbs, which can be replaced with either a similar bulb or a halogen bulb, which gives a much brighter light. A halogen bulb costs a little more, but the difference is obvious.
Shocks & struts
It is the springs, essentially, that support the body of your vehicle. There are several types of springs: helical, leaf, torsion bar, etc. Their function is to lift heavy loads. Shock absorbers and struts, in turn, are shock-absorbers that keep body movement within certain limits and keep the tires in contact with the road to maintain traction.
Shock absorbers and struts have a chamber filled with hydraulic fluid. Shocks activate a piston that passes the fluid through a series of valves to dampen rebound. Then a rebound spring pushes the piston back into place.
Level 1 is used to absorb the millions of small bumps you encounter while driving every day. The level 1 valve is a notched disc through which liquid passes at a controlled rate.
Level 2 is used to absorb medium bumps: such as depressions, driveways, expansion joints, and forces during cornering, stopping, and acceleration. These bumps and forces are not large, but they can manifest themselves in different ways. Level 2 damping is provided by a set of flexible discs that are housed in the damper chamber or leg. When you hit this type of bump, the fluid is compressed against these discs, and the discs bend to allow the fluid to pass through. The larger the bump, the more the discs have to bend.
Level 3 is used to absorb large impacts, such as sidewalks, potholes, etc. Level 3 damping is provided by restrictive openings in the level 3 valve. This is the last step in maintaining proper tire and body control.
It is the level 2 flex discs that wear out over time. The metal will fatigue and bend too easily, allowing fluid to pass to the Level 3 valve. That's why one of the consequences of worn shocks is a hard ride: level 3, which is restrictive, is crossed too early.
Heavily worn shocks/shocks cause a reduction in the grip of your tires on the road. When cornering at higher speeds or turning to avoid a collision, the body tilts out of the curve and literally pulls your vehicle off the road. An abrupt stop throws your body forward, greatly increasing your stopping distance. Acceleration causes the rear end of your vehicle to drop, reducing traction on the front tires.
Loss of tire and body control can severely reduce the effectiveness of your vehicle's collision avoidance systems, such as traction control, stability control and anti-lock brake systems.
Your shocks and struts wear out slowly, so it's hard to notice a change in their performance. How quickly your shocks and struts wear out depends on the loads carried by your vehicle and road conditions. As a rule of thumb, have them evaluated by a road test at 80,000 kilometres. At that point, your shocks and struts will have moved 75 million times. We can inspect and examine your suspension system, and help you choose the right parts to restore or improve the original performance of your vehicle.