- How can I be sure that my vehicle's headlights comply with the state regulations? Are there rules that are common to most, if not all, states?
The regulations regarding headlight use may vary from one state to another, so the best thing you can do to be sure that you are not violating any regulation is to consult your state's vehicle code and driver handbook. It contains very reliable information about the legalities of your headlights and headlight modifications to make your ride legal and always road worthy. The most common regulation implemented by most states is that drivers should have a pair of well-conditioned headlights to promote road safety. Also, most states require that these headlights must be turned on when driving before dark until thirty minutes before sunrise. In addition, most state regulations allow the use of high beam headlights; however, they must be turned off or switched to low beams when there is an approaching traffic.
- Halogen, Xenon, or LED? Which one is the most suitable headlight for my GMC?
If you want a headlight that can give a bright illumination at a very affordable price, the Halogen headlight is your best option. Xenon headlight costs more than the halogen. This is because it was once used for high-end luxury vehicles due to its power source; instead of a filament that allows the light to be produced, a Xenon headlight uses high-voltage current. As a result, clean and powerful light is emitted. The LED or Light Emitting Diode headlight, on the other hand, is the most popular choice among modern vehicles. Since it produces light via a semiconductor, it offers longer service life than the previous types. This type, however, is susceptible to extreme changes in temperature. Besides their illumination properties, you can also base your choice on the headlight's its price and your budget. You must also consider the rules and regulations of the state you are in to pick a headlight that's legal for road use.
- What are the essential things that I need to do to keep my GMC headlight clear and dirt-free?
Just like other exterior parts of the vehicle, washing your GMC headlight with mild car soap and water is enough to keep it clean. But if you notice that it is starting to get yellowish, this means that your headlight has been discolored due to its exposure to UV rays. If this is the case, then it is time to buff it with wet sandpaper. This will leave the headlight looking cloudy to prepare for the polishing step. This time, the polishing compound will remove the dullness from your headlight to restore its good look.
- How often should I replace my GMC headlight?
The time frame of GMC headlight replacement cannot be exactly determined as its service life depends on several factors including the area's climate, road and engine pulsations, and the estimated service life of the headlight itself. If you are living in an area with cool climate, for instance, the life of your headlight can be extended because it generates less heat when in use. And in terms of the pulsations, they can weaken the electrical system of your vehicle, which can also affect the service life of your GMC headlight.