Being able to see has always been rather important but when you’re hurtling down the motorway at hundreds of miles an hour it becomes more important still. While it might sound fairly obvious that visibility is crucial when you’re driving, for many people it is something that doesn’t get the attention it deserves and often we end up driving while struggling with fogging, condensation, ice, rain or other obstructions. Here we will look at how to keep your windshield absolutely perfect for seeing through so that when you drive you won’t be putting yourself and others at serious risk.
Fogging: First of all you should look at ways to avoid your screen misting up. This is something that many of us will encounter when we’re driving and it can be very difficult to counter while we’re moving. The first tip then is to pull over when this happens. You might be tempted to say to yourself ‘I can still see well enough’ or ‘it will go away in a moment’ – but if you then have an accident you are going to look back on these thoughts and seriously regret them. Better to take five minutes and pull over than to regret the decision not to for the rest of your life.
To solve the issue you need to make sure that the temperature inside the car and specifically on the windshield is not too different from the temperature of the glass outside. One way to do this is by heating up the windshield which you can do by blowing warm air on it, and another is to decrease the temperature of the interior of your car by opening a window. Either way you can ensure that less water settles on the screen so you can see more clearly. To avoid having this happen altogether, look into getting heating for your windscreen and this way it won’t get foggy to start with.
Chips and Scratches: A tiny chip or scratch on your windshield may not seem like a distraction, but all it needs to do is to obscure your vision slightly when something is a blip on the horizon, or to distract you momentarily and that will be enough to cause you to have an accident. Make certain then that you repair this damage and that you avoid letting it happen in the first place by parking your car undercover and by avoiding driving too fast on gravel tracks.
Rain and Dirt: Rain and dirt shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have your windscreen wipers topped up and ready to go. Make sure you check this then before any journey, and ensure that you have the right level of both water and product so that you don’t end up with soap marks. You should also clean your windshield from time to time at home properly with a sponge, and you should make sure that the wipers themselves are in good condition and are pressing firmly against the screen when they operate.