Headlights, like every other part of your car — or any machine or piece of tech, for that matter — will surely get dirty and begin to deteriorate over time without the proper upkeep.

No matter how clear the polycarbonate plastic is when you purchase it, it will eventually begin to look foggy and obscure the brightness of your headlights.

The fogginess results from a combination of general filth accumulation, and a natural chemical reaction the plastic has to long exposure to the sun s ultraviolet rays.

This buildup can make it more difficult to illuminate the road and your surroundings at night, which increases the risk of unfortunate incidents.

Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies one can employ to restore clarity to your headlights, most of which you can employ directly from the comforts of your own home.

Before you implement any of the methods below, however, we recommend taping the perimeters of your headlight with painter s tape.

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