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What if my headlights switch off while driving?

Being a good driver is about having good reflexes and knowing what to do in case of emergencies or unpredictable situations. If one of your headlights or both of them go out while you are driving, don't panic, pull up immediately on the side of the road, don't forget to indicate, and turn on your hazard lights. This sudden failure may have several causes and it is advisable not to wait too long before getting it repaired.
According to the Highway Code, all reflective lighting and signaling devices must meet all standards and be in working order. If this is not the case, you risk receiving a Fixed Penalty Notice.

In accordance with this same law, you are required to have all the necessary equipment for changing your headlights. Below are the main causes for headlight failure and what the driver should do in each case:

  • A broken bulb: if this is the case, change it by removing the transparent protective headlight cover
  • A blown fuse: Replace it
  • A bad connection or faulty contacts: Take out the bulb and check the various connections. Wipe them with a cloth to remove any dust or moisture


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