Night driving requires more attention and defensive driving given the limited visibility on the roads. Even with bright lights on, you may have trouble seeing out the windshield because it’s so dirty. A dirty windshield especially affects night driving because it hinders your visibility, making it hard to see oncoming vehicles!
Use this guide to keep your windshield clean so you can drive safely any time in the day or night.
How Windshields Get Dirty
Windshields are dirty all the time due to miscellaneous debris and residue from the outside. Bugs, road salt, off-gas, dirt, and other debris commonly stick to the windshield reducing visibility, especially at night.
Different Ways to Clean Your Windshield
Given all that, there are many ways to clean your windshield. When you’re ready to clean the windshield, remember to clean both the interior and exterior. Although your exterior windshield sees most of the road and environmental debris, your interior accumulates dust, bugs, and gunk.
You can also take your car to a car wash for cleaning, but take precaution. These places may damage your car due to negligence or harmful cleaning agents.
Here are some DIY solutions to clean your windshield and ensure safe nighttime driving.
How To Clean Bugs From the Windshield
These steps can help remove dead bugs from the windshield.
First, fill a spray bottle with club soda, dish soap, and vinegar. Spray the windshield with this solution. Then, use a microfiber cloth to remove the bugs. Afterward, use a separate, dry microfiber cloth to wipe away any residual liquid and bug guts.
How to Clean Bird Poop Off the Car Windshield
Similarly, if you’re removing bird poop off the windshield, follow these steps.
Spray the windshield with glass cleaner. Then, strip the dried bird droppings with a glass stripper. Use a hose to rinse the windshield and remove any excess matter. Use a clean microfiber cloth to dry the windshield.
How to Clean the Windshield in Winter
Cleaning the windshield in winter is quite simple. All you need is an ice scraper with brush attachment to scrape ice and snow from the windshield and wiper blades.
If you’re doing this in freezing temperatures, turn the car with the heat on for the front and rear windshields. Let the car sit idle. The hot air should make it easier to scrape ice even in frigid temperatures.
Call Frank’s Auto Glass Today to Replace the Windshield!
If your windshield needs repairs or complete replacement, call us today at 773-488-7700 to schedule service. We have custom and used windshields available for all makes and models, foreign and domestic. We also offer many discounts and special offers to help you save money.
No matter what, Frank’s Auto Glass is the best place to find affordable windshields for your vehicle.