Brake Light vs. Tail Lights

Vlada April 04 2022

If you have realized that your brake lights don't work, this is a problem. Not only is it dangerous to drive around without brake lights, but you can also get pulled over and get a ticket. Sometimes, your brake lights might not work but the tail lights do. The first step in fixing this is learning about how they work. The system isn't as complex as it might seem, and repairing a rear light that has gone out is an easy fix.

It is always best to have a professional mechanic work on your vehicle than trying to do it yourself. If you notice problems with your brake lights, rear tail light or any other type of brake problem, swing by and let us fix your car for you. The back of the car has brake lights or tail lights. Brake lights are red and shaped like a triangle, but tail lights are yellow and shaped like a circle.

The Difference Between Brake Lights and Tail Lights

Most vehicles have brake lights and tail lights that are located on the same globe. This means that the same external covering is over both types of lights. However, some vehicles have separate globes for the brake and tail lights. The tail lights will turn on when you turn on your headlights or when your parking brake is on. 

The brake lights will light up immediately when you apply pressure to the brakes. On most vehicles, the tail lights are red and the brake lights are a more luminous red. Your rear lights also include back up lights, which are white.

Testing Your Rear Lights

It is very important to check if all your car lights are working. To test your brake lights and tail lights, turn on the ignition switch and then turn on the headlights. If they work correctly, you will see red light coming from them. Next, tap your brakes so that bright light shines out of the back of your car - this is the brake light. If a light does not work, you might need to change it with a friend's help.