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AAA encourages cleaning headlights for better illumination

AAA encourages cleaning your headlights for better illumination
Posted at 6:18 PM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 19:18:48-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — If your headlights look cloudy or yellow, AAA says you're only shining about 20 percent of light on the road. That could put you at risk of crashing into other drivers.

There are dozens of products on the shelf if you want to take matters into your own hands, but are they the best solution?

Woodhouse manager James Rodis says headlights are something permanent you deal with every day. The headlight cleaning process at Woodhouse offers a deep clean that cuts through dirt and grime.

"We sand it down and clear it so [the headlight] actually has UV protection," Rodis said. "And that lasts almost the length of the vehicle now."

There are tons of home remedies like using toothpaste, but Rodis says that won't get you very far. The solution at Woodhouse is unique in that it contains something shelf products don't.

"Home remedies don't last because nothing has the UV protection in it," Rodis said. "Bug Off will only last you three to six months."

AAA says dirty headlamps can only illuminate to around 60 feet. A clear shine can really brighten things up, reaching nearly 300 feet.

"I think the proof is in the pudding," Rodis said. "We get them traded in on a daily basis where they look like that."