Windshield glare – either from the hot Colorado sun or from another vehicle’s high beams – poses a major risk for drivers. Thankfully, windshield glare is often simply caused by a dirty windshield, and it can be prevented with regular cleaning.
Read on for more tips on managing windshield glare. We’ll also provide a breakdown of how to thoroughly clean your windshield for glare-free driving.
Why is Windshield Glare Dangerous?
Windshield glare may seem like a minor issue, but it can be extremely dangerous for Colorado drivers.
When windshield glare suddenly appears while you’re driving, it obstructs your vision and prevents you from seeing the road clearly. This puts you at risk for collisions, often with another car or an animal crossing into your lane. If the glare remains for an extended period, it could even cause you to deviate from the road.
Additionally, windshield glare can hurt your eyes and make driving uncomfortable. So, let’s cover some quick tips for avoiding and managing windshield glare safely.
Windshield Glare Tips
Avoid Windshield Scratches.
Small scratches on your window are a major cause of windshield glare. These scratches can have many different causes, whether it be debris on an unpaved road or a dirty windshield.
While it’s virtually impossible to keep your tires from kicking up debris, there are ways to keep your wipers from scratching your windshield. For one, periodically clean your wipers with a soft cloth. Also, never run your wipers when your windshield is dry. Always having a full tank of washer fluid will help ensure that your windshield is never dry when you run the wipers.
If your windshield is scratched, visit your local auto glass repair provider for prompt repairs.
Avoid Dashboard Coatings
Some drivers like to apply protective coatings to their dashboards for an enhanced appearance. While a dashboard coating may look impressive, it will exacerbate windshield glare. It’s best to avoid this type of product.
Adjust The Rearview Mirror For Nighttime Glare.
If you’re struggling with glare from the headlights of vehicles behind you, adjusting your rearview mirror can help. Simply flip the switch on the bottom of your rearview mirror from daytime mode into nighttime mode. By flipping this switch, you’ll still have a view of the vehicles behind you, but you won’t have to deal with the glare.
Don’t Procrastinate a Replacement.
If your windshield is significantly damaged, you’ll need repairs or a full windshield replacement to drive safely again.
How To Properly Clean Your Windshield
Step One: Glass Cleaner
To start the process of cleaning your windshield, get a reliable glass cleaner and a rag or paper towels. Then, thoroughly scrub both the interior and exterior of your windshield. If you’re left with streaks, go over the surface one more time. Use can also use a plastic scrubbing tool to remove stuck-on dirt and debris. Just be sure not to use any abrasive scrubbing tools, as they can scratch your windshield.
Once you’re done scrubbing with the glass cleaner, rinse it off with water and a clean rag.
Step Two: Vinegar
For the next step of windshield cleaning, create a solution of water and white vinegar. With a clean sponge, wipe down your windshield with this vinegar solution. Use a clean rag or paper towels to dry.
Step Three: Windshield Polish
To wrap up the cleaning process, purchase a bottle of windshield polish. You can find this product at home improvement stores, auto parts stores, or online. It will remove finger and handprints from your windshield, as well as fill in any small scratches on the surface of the glass.
To apply windshield polish, use a clean cloth that’s been dampened with water. Apply the polish to the rag, then to the windshield. Move the rag in small circles to ensure full coverage.
After you’ve applied polish to the entire windshield, you’ll need to wait for it to dry. Once it’s dried, a white residue will be visible. At this point, you can wipe it off with a soft microfiber cloth.
You can also use glass polish for this step; it will have the same effect. But, make sure to only use polish that’s intended for use on glass. Other types of polish can increase windshield glare by leaving behind a greasy residue.