Our ability to see clearly while driving is very essential to our safety. An obstructed vision because of poor visibility can lead to grave consequences.
Your eyes are your first line of defense. If you cannot see properly, you will not be able to avoid problems. If you cannot see the hazard, you will not be able to deal with it.
Poor vision while driving can be caused by a number of factors. For instance: (a.) cracks on the windshield or mirror. (b.) dirt on the outside of the windscreen or on the mirror. (c.) Smudging or stains from wiping with a dirty cloth or hands (d.) hand or finger prints on the windscreen or mirrors. This can cause real problems with glare when the sun is low on the horizon. (e.) poorly adjusted mirrors. (f.) dust or frost on the outside (and/or inside) of the windscreen or on the mirrors.
So, here are a few tips on how to get your mirrors and windscreen ready in order to have a safe trip.
- Always clean your windscreen and mirrors before a trip.
- Always adjust your mirrors in a way that all the blind spots are minimized.
- Check your windscreen wipers regularly to make sure they are in good condition. Otherwise, a bad wiper can result in scratches on your windscreen.
- Regularly wash the inside of the windscreen to remove dust, dirt and smudging.
- Keep your windscreen washer reservoir full and either top it up regularly or keep a spare jug in the vehicle.
- Make an effort to clean your windscreen at least once in a week. It only takes a few minutes.
- When cleaning your windscreen or mirrors, use a dry microfiber cloth for the interior, glass cleaner and towel for the exterior, and add a bit of white vinegar to both sides to make them shine.
- When cleaning, check your windscreen for cracks and proactively take care of them immediately. A small crack can turn into a big crack over time and can lead you to needing your whole windshield replaced.
- Inside a garage or a carport are great places to park ones vehicle. These places protect your windscreens in case of extreme weather or an unexpected fallen tree