When we drive, it's important for us to be able to see well. That means, of course, keeping the glass in our vehicles as crystal clear as we can.
If you have ever driven your car directly into bright sunlight, you know dirty, scratched or fogged windows can render you almost completely blind. Not a good thing when you're moving down the road.
Keeping your windshield clean is commonsense, but its impact on your visibility means that this tip is worth repeating. Pollen, dirt, and other pollutants can build up quickly, creating a thin, hazy film. Meanwhile, bugs, bird droppings, and mud may create splotches that can block your view. It is important to keep the entire windshield clean, not just a patch in front of the driver, to help you navigate turns and see merging traffic.
It is also important to be able to see your mirrors and other vehicles behind you. A little clarity can go a long way and we have some tips to maximize your visibility:
· Clean windows with the right cleaner. Do not use cleaners that have ammonia or alcohol in them. Ammonia can cause the surfaces of your vehicle's interior to dry out and can damage some window tints. Special automotive glass cleaners are available, and your service advisor can make recommendations.
· Don't use abrasives on your windows. Some kitchen sponges have a pad on one side meant to clean pots and pans. That abrasive can scratch glass and permanently damage it! Instead, a microfiber designed for cleaning glass is the one recommended by pros.
· Cleaning the inside is just as important. A film can develop on the inside of our vehicle windows. It can be caused by cigarette smoke or by sunlight baking your vehicle's plastic and leather interior surfaces, releasing oils into the cabin.
Once your windows are clean, it is important to be able to keep them clean when you are on the road. Replace your wiper blades regularly since the material used in them deteriorates over time even if they are not used much.
· There are several different types of wiper blades, and among the newest is the "beam" blade.
· Beam blades have several advantages over more traditional blades, including a more contoured fit to the windshield surface. Some even incorporate an aerodynamic design that presses them tighter to the glass at higher speeds.
· Your service advisor will be able to recommend the best blade for your vehicle and install them properly.
If you are having trouble seeing out your windshield, let us inspect your wiper blades at your next service.
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Eureka Brake & Automotive
Revised from content contributed by NAPA Service Assistant