Reverse lights are also called backup
lights. They are used to warn other vehicles and people around the car that the
vehicle is about to move backwards. The reverse lights also provide some
illumination when the car is backing up. Reverse lights on a vehicle must be
white in color, and these come standard on all vehicles.
Testing Reverse Lights
If you need to test your reverse lights but
do not have anyone around to help, there is a way you can do it by yourself.
Turn the ignition switch to the “on” position (without starting it), then put
the transmission in reverse with the parking brake on. It is very important to
make sure the parking brake is on. Once that is set, get out of the vehicle and
look at the reverse lights, they should be illuminated.
Reverse Light Replacement
If the reverse lights do not come on when
you test it, you may need a reverse light bulb replacement. Reverse lights are
required by law, so have a mechanic properly install the light for you to
ensure everything goes smoothly.
Are Reverse Lights Required.
Every vehicle in the United States must
have one or two rear-mounted rear-facing reverse lights. The lights should be
white in color.
Problems with Reverse Lights
Bulbs can burn out on reverse lights, in
which case you need a bulb replacement. Other problems can happen with these
lights as well. If you replace the bulbs in your vehicle and the lights are
still not working, chances are a sensor has gone bad. If this happens, take it
to Your Mechanic, as you are required to have working reverse lights on your
vehicle as it is a safety feature. Another reason your lights could have gone
out is from the reverse light switch. This is a switch that is connected to the
gear selector mechanism. When you shift into reverse, the switch completes the
electrical circuit and turns on your reverse lights.
Reverse lights are an important safety
feature of your vehicle.
Because they inform cars and people around
you that you are going to backup. If someone is behind you or about to drive
past you, they will know to use caution. Test your reverse lights regularly to
ensure they are in proper working order. Having a reverse light out may cause
you to get pulled over and receive a ticket. If you are having problems with
your reverse light, you might need to have it replaced.