Keeping your car’s windshield clean is extremely important your safety on the road. When a windshield is covered in dust, smears, or other residue, it impacts your ability to see clearly. This can lead to dangerous mistakes during driving, putting you and other motorists at risk.Windshields can become covered in a film of dirt very gradually, so that you may be driving around with a very dirty windshield without even knowing it. In order to prevent dangerous obstructions to your vision, clean your windshield regularly whether you think it needs it or not
Should I wash my car when it’s hot?
Washing your car when it’s very hot is not a good idea. If you’ve been driving the vehicle and it has yet to cool down, or if it has been parked in a sunny spot, allow it to cool before cleaning it. Washing a hot car can actually cause soapy deposits to form on the exterior, and you won’t get the crystal clear result you want for your windshield.
What should I use to clean my windshield?
To clean your windshield, mix ¼ cup of ammonia with one quart of water. Using a sponge, thoroughly wash the glass with this solution and then dry it completely with a soft cloth. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle of this solution in the car, just in case you end up on the road one day and realize your windshield has become dirty. If the windshield seems oily, perhaps from driving on roads that are coated in oil to control blowing sand, sprinkle cream of tartar on the windshield and then wash with soapy water.
What about wipes?
Taking care of your windshield wipers is another important component of car maintenance. If they begin to squeak or rub the windshield, they can scratch the glass. They are also not effectively cleaning the windshield when this happens, so be sure to replace them regularly. Ideally, you will replace your wipers before they get to this point. Also, cleaning them regularly will keep them in good working condition, and prevent them from simply smearing around dirt on the glass. The ammonia solution can be used to clean the wiper blades as well. Just soak a soft cloth with the solution and gently wipe the blades, and be sure to dry them afterward.
Sometimes you may find yourself driving down a dusty road, and suddenly you can’t see very well through your cloudy, grimy windshield. There are a few common household items you can keep in your car for quick fixes. A box of baby wipes or sanitary napkins stashed in your glove compartment can save the day. These can be used to quickly wipe down the windshield in a pinch.
Finally, be sure to maintain your vehicle by regularly checking all fluid levels, and this includes the windshield washer fluid. This fluid is very important in the event you need to quickly wash away dirt when driving, so be sure to check the reservoir regularly and refill it as needed.