It’s the dead of winter, you’re on your way home from work and the sun is soon to be set. As the sunlight begins to fade, you suddenly can’t see the road as well as you normally do. To solve this problem you reach to turn on your headlights but realize that they are always on. So what happened? Do you have a headlight out? While that is certainly possible, it is likely that your headlights became coated in grime and salt from the road on your commute in to work.
To Be Seen, You Must Be Clean
Check the clarity of your headlights before you enter your car should become a habit during the winter months. We recommend keeping a spray bottle full of winter temperature grade windshield washer fluid in your car along with a few towels/rags to clean your lights from time to time. It’s not only a matter of you being able to see the road; it’s also a matter of others being able to see you. While you’re at it, clean the rest of your marker lamps (the amber and red lights that might be on the side of your car or truck) as well as the tail lights. Suddenly those headlight wipers you see on some cars don’t seem so crazy.
Lights, Aim, Vision!
While we’re talking about improved visibility, why not take the time to have your headlights properly aimed whether by a professional or yourself if you know how. Now, while this certainly benefits your quality of vision, it also helps to prevent you from blinding the drivers in the oncoming lane. Typically this process simply takes a few simple turns of the adjustment screws with either a screw driver or torx bit. Again, only attempt this process if you know how so you can prevent misaligning them even further and increasing the problem.
Protect The Shield That Protects You.
Raise your hand if you have run out of windshield washer fluid while on your commute and your windshield became extremely dirty. How did you solve this problem? Chances are you began to follow the vehicle in front of you a bit too closely until they kicked up enough water from the road that you could then run your wipers to clean the windshield. Face it, we’re all probably guilty of using this method at least once in our driving lives and that we all know it’s not safe. With that being said, why not keep a bottle of windshield washer fluid in your trunk, preferably in a box with your other winter supplies as to not have it roll around.
Winter driving is already hazardous enough,travel safe and be seen this winter!