I have to admit something. I have a problem. I like to clean. Sorry, I won’t clean your house. I have my own to do. But I do have a problem. My problem is I really enjoy cleaning my vehicle, inside and out. Are you like that or know someone who is? It’s not just about cleanliness. It’s also about safety.

Windshield care

Throughout the year we face the bright sun going to and from work. Having a clean windshield will help reduce glare from the sun and from oncoming headlights while driving at night. Most drivers will clean the outside of the windshield, either while washing their vehicle or with washer and wipers, but what about the inside? Over a period of time a film of grime will build on the inside of your windshield. Cleaning the inside of all the windows will keep you ahead of the film of grime. Compare this to trying to see through very dirty glasses. It’s tough to see anything clearly out of them.

Windshield wipers

To help your windows stay clean from the outside, you also need a good set of windshield wipers. Windshield wipers tend to last about one year, depending on the quality of the wipers and how often you use them. Increase the effectiveness of your wipers by cleaning the grime from the blades with a cleaning solution when you refuel. Cleaning your wipers will prolong their life and help them better adhere to the glass when clearing water and debris to give you better visibility. Speaking of wipers, it’s always a good idea to wet the windshield with washer fluid before using the wipers. The dust that sits on windshields can make little scratches and pit marks each time you do a dry wipe. Those marks affect your visibility over time.

Headlights and tail lights

Let’s talk lights. In winter weather the headlights and tail lights turn grey with all the road salt and slush that gets sprayed across the road. Having dirty tail lights also means the driver behind can’t tell as quickly when you’re braking. A suggestion in the winter would be to use the squeegee from the gas station to clean off the tail lights and headlights each time you get gas, if not sooner. I have my own squeegee that I keep in the vehicle, and I use the snow nearby to clean the lens and then use the squeegee to wipe it clean. This allows me to clean them anywhere, anytime.
In other seasons, a headlight lens that’s covered in other forms of dirt won’t shine as bright as a clean light. I’ll clean them more often in winter, but will also do it in summer months. The dead bugs that stick to the headlight lens lessen the intensity of the beam. They are tougher to clean, but it’s worth it. If your headlight lens is turning yellow, Go Tire can restore them to their former brilliance with our headlight and tail light service.

 

 Scott Marshall is Director of Training for Young Drivers of Canada and started in road safety in 1988.  He was a judge during the first 3 seasons of Canada’s Worst Driver on Discovery Network. Scott started writing columns on driving for his community paper in 2005.  Since then his columns have been printed in several publications including newspaper, magazines, and various web-sites. You can visit his own blog at http://safedriving.wordpress.com.


Scott Marshall is Director of Training for Young Drivers of Canada and started in road safety in 1988. He was a judge during the first 3 seasons of Canada’s Worst Driver on Discovery Network. Scott started writing columns on driving for his community paper in 2005. Since then his columns have been printed in several publications including newspaper, magazines, and various web-sites. You can visit his own blog at http://safedriving.wordpress.com.