Why do headlights become cloudy?

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When it comes to safety features of any vehicle, there’s simply no substitute for fully functional and maintained headlights. At night and during moments of poor visibility, your headlights make it easier to see where you are going and any possible obstructions along the way. If their functionality is compromised in any way, it can put your safety and that of other drivers and pedestrians at jeopardy.


Cloudy or foggy headlights are a common problem these days, and this compromises the quality of light provided by your headlights. Years ago, headlights were made from glass. Today they are made from a specific type of plastic. This is not the kind of plastic that you will find around your home. It’s called polycarbonate plastic, and it’s incredibly strong as well as porous. In order to seal the plastic, the headlight manufacturer covers them with a special, protective film.

Due to exposure to the heat from the light, the UV rays of the sun, and dirt from the road, this film will eventually fade and become oxidized resulting in the cloudy appearance. There’s nothing you can do about the sun or the fact that you will need to use your lights on a regular basis, so the only approach is to repair the damage as soon as possible. The longer you wait to tend to the problem, the worse it will become and the more you prolong your risk.


Now, no matter how well you may think you know the roads in your area or how slowly you plan on driving, you can never predict the complications you may encounter while behind the wheel. What some drivers don’t realize is the fact that they might not be the initial cause of the accident but clear lighting could prevent a serious incident. If you can see far enough in front of you, you will have more time to react. Take, for example, somebody suddenly cutting you off in traffic or a pedestrian suddenly crossing the road. The better you can see, the faster you can hit the brakes and prevent an accident. Given the heavy traffic flow in Toronto and the high number of pedestrians, visibility in such a city is of utmost importance.


On the up side, this issue can be solved. It’s not necessary to replace your headlights whenever they start to turn yellow or become cloudy. Instead, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars by having your headlights restored. At Wash Me Now, we offer headlight restoration at a reasonable price. Contact us today at (647) 607-5199 and our mobile team will come to you to perform the restoration without causing you any unnecessary inconvenience.