Headlights 101: How to Clean Foggy, Yellowing Headlights

Driving in low visibility can be dangerous. When we think of poor visibility conditions, we tend to think of fog or precipitation around us. Another cause of difficult driving conditions, though, can be your car itself. If your headlights have gotten foggy or have started to yellow, then you put yourself in danger when driving at night. Your car will also lose its shine and start to look run down and neglected.


To address the safety and appearance of your car’s headlights, you can clean them yourself. The amount of work and supplies needed will depend on the level of damage or wear to your headlights. But with these tips, you will take years off your car’s appearance, and potentially add years to your life. Read on to learn how to clean foggy headlights and how to deal with yellowing headlights restoration.

 

A Quick Wash

The first thing you want to do is give your headlights a quick cleaning. You can use glass cleaner, a small amount of your usual car wash, or even some dish soap. The dish soap is good for taking off any buildup on the headlight. Just keep it off your car’s paint.

 

Assess the Damage

Once you have washed them, you can examine your headlights to see what kind of damage or wear you are looking at. Look for foggy spots, yellowing, or scratches.

 

Tape the Area

Using painter’s tape, tape the car’s surface around the headlight to protect the paint nearby. You can use a razor to trim the edge of the tape at the headlight to make sure you can get to the entire surface of the light.

 

Sand (Yes, Sand)

As painful as it might sound to take sandpaper to any part of your car, use a few grades of wet sandpaper, starting with the roughest and working to the finest. Start with 2000 grade paper, then 1500, and finally something like 3 grade paper to finish it off. A useful tip is to wrap the sandpaper around a sponge before you start. This will help you maintain a light and even pressure so you don’t accidentally wear any deep spots into the surface of the headlight. Then wet the paper and sand.

 

Polish

The next step is to polish the headlight. Follow the instructions on the polish container, then wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth.

 

Seal

After polishing, assess the job to make sure you got the problem areas. You can then add a sealant or plastic adhesion to protect your headlight in the future. Just follow the instructions on the packaging. Once that is done and dry, you can remove the painter’s tape.

 

Let it Shine

Finally, take a step back and admire your handiwork. You should see it sparkle in the light. Once you have done that, get back to work and repeat these steps on the other headlight.

 

If you want to save a little time, you can get all the supplies you need in a headlight cleaning package. If you find your headlight still diminished after a good, thorough cleaning and polishing, it’s probably time to buy a new one (or two).

Now that you know how to clean headlights, you should still remember that car care is just as important on the inside as the outside. You can get great looking floor mats from AutoPreme that will enhance the look of your car and protect the interior, just like your newly shined headlights.

8 Tips for Taking Care of Your Classic Car So it Lasts Longer

Getting a classic car is one of the great pleasures in life. Whether you have dreamed of one day owning an iconic car that you can call your own, or if you’re finally getting another classic years after letting go of that special one. The thrill of living that dream can’t be beat.

 

One key to owning a classic car is to keep it looking and running great. It would be heartbreaking to see one of the great long-lasting cars lose it luster. Follow these classic car restoration and care tips to keep it looking its best for years to come.

 

Change the Oil

We hear this all the time, but it is still surprising how easily it can slip the mind of even the most car-conscious of us. Changing your classic car’s oil is vital, but if you don’t drive it around as much, it can be easy to forget. It is especially important to get the right oil for your car. The three-month rule might not be as vital for contemporary cars, but it’s a good rule to follow when it comes to classic car care.

 

Flush the Fluids

At least once a year, you need to flush the cooling system. The transmission fluid and differential oil may not need to be changed as often, but they still need to be done regularly.

 

Keep it Clean

Washing and waxing your classic car is critical to keep it looking great. You will want to get it detailed, either by a pro or yourself, about twice per year. However, washing and waxing need to happen regularly. It might not seem as important in the colder months, but if you drive on salted roads, you definitely need to keep washing to avoid salt damage.

 

Avoid the Sun

Store your classic car out of the sun to avoid damage to the paint and interior. The best place to store it is in a garage.

 

On Solid Ground

If you do have to store your car under a canopy, make sure you don’t keep it parked on gravel or dirt. The moisture that rises from these soft, earth surfaces causes damage underneath your car.

 

Drive It!

This might seem like a no-brainer, but for those who keep their classic cars safely parked in the garage most of the time, you still need to drive your car to keep the engine and its moving parts working well.

 

Maintain Moving Parts

Those moving parts need care, too. Inspect ball joints, test the brakes, and make sure everything is working and well-oiled. Pay close attention to the driveline and keep it oiled.

 

Keep the Interior Clean

Don’t stop at the paint when cleaning your car. The inside needs just as much attention. Keep the dash and other hard surfaces clean and polished. Make sure the seats get cleaned and protected regularly, especially if they are leather. You’ll also want to get AutoPreme leather floor mats. They add classic style to your car and keep the floor protected for years to come. They are designed to fit your car perfectly and keep debris out of the carpet so it stays fresh.

5 Future Car Technologies that Aren’t Too Far Away From Happening

Thinking about how far automotive technology has come over the years can make your head spin. Just imagine what drivers in the early 20th century would think about today’s supercars and powerful trucks. It’s even more mind-boggling to think about how far automotive technology will go in the future.

 

Like most areas of technology, innovation tends to accelerate at a greater rate over time. Just look at communications. The breakthroughs we have seen in the past two decades dwarf anything from a comparable period of time in the past. The same goes for cars, and it is exciting to think about what lies ahead. Even in the near future, we will see some amazing stuff. Here are a few examples of future car technology that we can expect to see relatively soon.

 

Head up Display Technology

We have already seen some advancements in this area, but in the near future, driving your car will have a similar feel to playing a video game. You will have subtle graphics displayed on your windshield showing things like the distances of approaching cars and stops and the speeds of other vehicles. You won’t have to look down at a screen or listen carefully to the mechanical voice of your GPS. Your next turn will be shown to you by a graphic layered over the actual landscape in front of you.

 

Autonomous Vehicle Control

We have all heard about driverless car technology that we will see in cars of the future. You may also be familiar with vehicles that offer greater breaking awareness to supplement a driver’s reflexes. That technology will go even further in the future, as cars will have the ability to override potential bad decisions by drivers. It is possible that your car will get the final say about whether or not you run that yellow light or make that quick lane change.

 

Biometric Vehicle Access

Someday soon, getting into your car will feel like the scenes in movies where the ultra-secret chamber is accessed by the scan of a character’s hand or eye. You can forget about that toggle on your keychain or even an interface with your smartphone. All you will need is a fingerprint or eye scan, and your car will unlock and get ready to roll.

 

Four-Cylinder High Performance

This one might rub purists the wrong way, but car technology is packing more and more power into less and less engine. That is good news for performance. The added fuel economy will be a welcome addition to surprising performance.

 

Smart Paint

In addition to making your car run better, feel better, and drive more safely, upcoming technology will also help your car look better. Imagine getting a scratch on your well-manicured supercar, and then seeing the paint heal itself.

That is not too far off. Neither is other technology that helps your car look like new. Today’s custom floor mats, like those made by AutoPreme, combine sleek design with smart technology to provide the latest in automotive innovation available today.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Fix Paint Scratches on a Car

You do your best to take care of your car. You get all the oil changes and regular maintenance done on time. You detail your car yourself to make sure it gets done right. You wash and wax with care. You take care of everything. Then something out of your control happens. You get a nasty, glaring scratch in that perfectly manicured paint.

 

You start to panic. You start to question all the care you put into your car. But then, you do some research and find out that there are simple steps to fixing paint scratches on a car to keep it looking pristine. Here are some step-by-step tips to help you fix scratches on your car.

 

Be Prepared

The first thing you want to do is to assume the that bad things will happen to your paint. In other words, before you even get a scratch in your paint, have what you need in stock. It is a good idea to get a patch kit with paint that matches your car and have it on hand. In all likelihood, you are reading this because you already have a scratch on your car, so you can find a code for the paint color either on your car or on the paperwork from your vehicle purchase.

 

Assess the Damage

Look to see how deep the scratch is. It can be as shallow as a scratch through the clear coat on top, or through the paint and primer all the way to the metal.

 

Disinfect

Like treating a scratch on your skin, you want to clean the area first. Wash your car to make sure you get debris out of the scratch and to start smoothing out the area.

 

Sand

You will need to sand the area around the scratch. You may need to use coarse paper for deeper scratches. A scuffing pad can help finish the sanding process.

 

Tape

Depending on where the scratch is on your car and how you are applying the paint, especially if you use a paint sprayer, you should use painter’s tape to protect any surfaces around the affected area.

 

Prime and Paint

Next, apply primer to the area. Follow the instructions and wait until each layer is dry. The primer should take around 20 minutes to dry. Once it is dry, you can apply the first coat of paint. It is best to wait overnight between coats of paint. After you have applied the right number of coats, you can top it off with clear coat. Make sure you prime and paint in a well-ventilated area.

 

Wax

Finally, wax the area when you are done and the paint is dry. This will help blend your repair job and smooth the area. Once you have the entire car waxed, you can step back and admire your handiwork. Even if you can still see where the scratch was, odds are that no one else will ever notice.

The bad news is that you will probably get more scratches on your car in the future. The good news is that now you have the supplies and know-how to fix all those future blemishes. If you want to keep the inside of your car looking as pristine as the outside, take a look at the custom floor mats that you have been missing. Contact us for more information, and for more tips on caring for your car.

Top 10 Causes of Car Accidents (The Leading Cause May Surprise You)

Car accidents. They happen to many of us. In fact, the insurance industry estimates that the average driver will file a collision-related claim about every 17.9 years. That amounts to a few accidents for each of us over the course of our driving lives. To improve your chances of avoiding trouble, it helps to know the leading causes of accidents and what we can do to avoid them. Depending on your own personal driving habits, you might be surprised by the leading cause. Spoiler alert: it is something very preventable.

 

  1. Wrong Way Driving

This might seem like a no-brainer, but there are several reasons for this one. New roads can be confusing, medians dividing opposing directions of streets can hide the far side of the road, and sometimes people just don’t pay close enough attention. To avoid this cause of accidents, take your time to read the road properly before turning onto it.

 

  1. Fatigue

It can happen to the best of us. Long drives or driving at the end of a long day can lead to problems. Driving while fatigued is rather similar to driving under the influence. The best thing you can do is be honest with yourself and get some rest before driving when you are sleepy.

 

  1. Rain

Driving in the rain can be tricky. People tend to slow down when driving in snow, but we tend to take rain less seriously. However, visibility issues combine with slippery surfaces to make rain dangerous. The key is to slow down and take the conditions seriously. Helpful tip: the speed limit is the maximum legal speed under ideal driving conditions. A heavy rainstorm is far from ideal for driving.

 

  1. Rolling Right Turn

Rolling through a red light to make a right turn is the cause of six percent of pedestrian deaths, and 21 percent of those are children. Turning right doesn’t just mean looking out for cars. It means really watching the crosswalks and checking for pedestrians.

 

  1. Lane Changes

Lane changes are a major cause of car accidents. The key to staying safe is to check your blind spots and look to see if a faster vehicle is approaching in the other lane. If you are that vehicle in the other lane, keep an eye out for other cars’ indicators or sudden moves into your lane.

 

  1. Aggressive Maneuvering

When people are in a hurry or are feeling impatient with other drivers, they can move their vehicles aggressively. Any weaving in and out of lanes, sudden turns, or retaliatory driving increases the likelihood of an accident and is responsible for causing over five percent of all accidents. Take your time, and take what traffic gives you. If someone else is driving aggressively around you, give them space and don’t get sucked into a bad driving competition.

 

  1. Speeding

This one also seems obvious, but just about all of us are guilty here. Driving faster than you should cuts reaction time and makes for harsher impact upon collision. You will get to your destination faster if you don’t get into an accident.

 

  1. Following Too Close

Another major cause of accidents involving over-driving is following too close. Around 23 percent of accidents involve one car rear-ending another. Drivers simply do not have time to react to sudden stops when following too closely. The simple solution is to back off and maintain a greater following distance. If someone is tailgating you, put even more distance between you and the car in front of you so you don’t have to make sudden stops with someone right behind you.

 

  1. Drugs and Alcohol

Up to 30 percent of all accidents involve alcohol. This staggering figure seems like it should be a thing of the past, but unfortunately, that danger is still out there. Being a responsible drinker is priority one for yourself.

 

  1. Distracted Driving

Technology has found a way to surpass the age-old problem of drunk driving but in the worst way. Driving while distracted is the leading cause of car accidents and now accounts for over 30 percent of car accidents. Our confidence in our ability to multitask is dangerously misplaced. The key is to put away the phone and other distractions and just focus on driving.

For more tips on cars and driving, check out our blog or contact us with your car questions.