How to Use Mazda High Beam Control for Easy Visibility

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda Technology, Tips and Tricks on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 6:26 pm
How Does Mazda High Beam Control Work?

How Does Mazda High Beam Control Work?

One of the features you might find on your new Mazda is High Beam Control. But how does Mazda High Beam Control work, and what does it do exactly? We’re here to explain it to you so that you can get the most out of your Mazda’s technology features.

The idea behind the High Beam Control (HBC) system is to provide drivers with automatic high beam headlights when the driving conditions are right. This also alleviates the need to switch them off when a car is approaching, keeping everyone safe.

The HBC system will only switch to high beams when the following conditions are met: 

  • When driving at speeds above 18 mph 
  • When there are no cars in front of you 
  • When there are no cars approaching you heading in the opposite direction 

The HBC system will switch back to low beams in the following situations: 

  • When a car is approaching you headed in the opposite direction 
  • When you are approaching a vehicle 
  • When the streets are already well lit 
  • When traveling under 12 mph 

[More about Mazda safety systems: How to use Mazda Radar Cruise Control]

How to Turn On Mazda High Beam Control

2016 mazda cx-9 headlight stalk leverSome drivers may want to use the HBC system, but aren’t sure how to turn it on. If you don’t think that the High Beam Control is already working, thankfully turning the system back on is quick and easy. Here’s how:

  1. Start by turning the headlight switch to AUTO. 
  2. Then, push the headlight lever forward. This will place it in the high beam position. 
  3. To determine if the system has actually turned on, turn your eyes to the instrument panel. You should see a green headlight icon with an “A” to indicate that the system is indeed turned on. When the system switches to the high beams, however, you will just see a solid blue icon. 

Find more tips and tricks

To learn more about how Mazda High Beam Control works, feel free to contact us at Mazda of Lodi. Don’t forget that you can check out more automotive tips and tricks for your Mazda through the Mazda of Lodi blog.

7 Responses to “How to Use Mazda High Beam Control for Easy Visibility”

  1. Zoltan G. Zeisky says:

    Now why would I not want to have high beams in situations at 18 mph or UNDER, when I am driving on an unlit back road or in the woods for some reason .. that is downright stupid design !

  2. TA says:

    Does 2010 Mazda 5 GT has this feature for high beam? I put it in auto mode and while driving in long high way at dark night, it did not turned on the high beam automatically. So, I was wondering whether I am missing any setting or not. But it turns on the low-beam when it gets a little dark.

  3. Rudy says:

    This does not state you cannot use high beams under 18mph. Just that it will not be automatically activated. Under 18 mph, you can safely operate your high beam controls manually. The system is designed for convenience/safety while driving at high speeds so that you do not have to constantly switch them manually while on the highway. It’s better to ask questions first rather than to insult and be completely wrong with your assumptions.

  4. Tom says:

    My 2018 Mazda 3 Sport does not have the auto high beam feature, how can I get the high beams to stay on, thanks

  5. I find it very confusing, why does the solid blue symbol sometimes stay on and sometimes go off ?

  6. Mazda 6 sports nav tourer. 2017 2018 Do these cars have HBC as Standard. If it is not working and it has been set as instructions how do you determine if it is fitted to the car?

  7. Tony says:

    Is it possible to override the auto high beam feature.
    It does not function as effectively or intuitively as I need it to – it’s erratic and unpredictable dipping is dangerous.
    I also find myself dipping the high beam for other vehicles before the auto function activates- dangerous for others too!

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