Check Lights and Wipers Before Turning Clocks Back on November 4

On the first Sunday in November, Daylight Savings Time requires most individuals to dial their clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. While this means many people will be privileged with an extra hour of sleep, it also means the days will grow darker sooner. As such, there are also some things for car owners to consider on November 4.

"Turning back the clocks means fewer hours of daylight, so it's even more important that your vehicle's lights and wipers are working properly so you can be seen by others and your visibility is not compromised," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "From the driver's seat, you may not notice a light isn't working, so inspect all of your car's lights and replace those that are out. Also, inspect and replace wiper blades so you can see clearly when weather hits."

Having proper lighting and visibility is important to keep all drivers safe on the road. When one car has a headlight out, not only is that driver unable to see as well as they should, but other motorists may be thrown off by the missing light, putting them at risk as well. In addition to checking for burnt out bulbs, drivers should examine the headlight covers. Dingy, clouded and yellowed covers can block light and decrease visibility, but this can be fixed.

While they're at it, drivers may want to take their vehicles to the experts at New Jersey Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center for routine maintenance before fall turns to winter. This can reduce the risk of encountering problems like dead batteries and broken heaters. The mechanics will also be able to spot any potential problems that need to be repaired.