Whether you’re driving around town running some errands or planning a short road trip, driving safety is probably a number one priority. From ensuring your car is road ready to getting your latest oil change, drivers like you take time to plan and prepare. If you’re looking for ways to enhance your driving safety, then increasing your visibility while driving should be high on the list. Improved visibility helps you see potentially dangerous situations on the road, and assess any changing conditions on the road ahead. If you’re serious about improving visibility while you drive, then we’ve got 6 questions you can ask yourself to develop greater visibility.
Is your windshield clean?
One of the most overlooked ways to increase your visibility is to keep your windshield clean. Dirty windshields can develop smudges and haze which can be dangerous when driving at night as street lights and oncoming headlights can cause “stars” in the driver’s eyes. We recommend making a habit out of cleaning your windshield every time you fill up with gas ensuring a clear view when you drive.
Have you checked your wiper blades lately?
Your windshield wiper blades are an essential tool to keeping your windshield clean while you drive. But did you know that wiper blades can dull over time leaving smudges, haze, and even ice on your windshield – blocking your view? We recommend replacing your blades every 6 months so if it’s been a while since you replaced them, now’s a great time to do it. While you’re looking into those wiper blades, it’s also a good idea to check your windshield washer fluid levels and fill to the recommended levels.
Is anything blocking the visibility out of any windows?
It can be easy to overlook, but windows covered by sunshades or belongings that you’re carting around could be an issue for your visibility. Before you hit the road, it’s a good idea to roll up those sunshades. If you’ve got boxes and other things packed in your backseat and trunk, make sure you pack those items on either side of your car leaving the middle clear so you can see out your back window. If hanging clothes are blocking view, you can purchase a hanger that attaches to your headrest and keeps those hanging clothes out of your eyesight as you drive.
Are your headlights clean?
Dirt and debris can accumulate on your headlights causing them to dim – creating a visibility issue. To be safe, it’s a good idea to regularly clean those headlights to optimize your visibility. While you’re cleaning, it’s also a good idea to check to make sure they are in working order – replacing any burned out bulbs.
Do you notice any chips or cracks in your windshield that decreases your visibility?
It’s happened to the best of us. We’re driving along and minding our own business, when all of a sudden a small rock flies up and chips our windshield. If left unattended, that tiny chip can develop into a large crack which impedes your visibility. We recommend getting those small chips and cracks repaired as soon as possible to avoid visibility issues down the road.
Are your blind spots minimized?
There’s nothing worse than not being able to see what’s coming up beside you. Most newer cars, nowadays, have blind spot warning systems. But if your car doesn’t have this, there are some things you can do to minimize your blind spots. You’ll want to set your side mirror out 15 degrees from both sides. For the left side mirror, lean your head so that it’s even with the driver side window and adjust your mirror so you can see the side of your car in your mirror. For the right side mirror, you can do the same from the center of the car. Adjusting your mirrors in this way should minimize your blind spots and increase your visibility.
Answering these 6 questions will help you increase driving safety by improving your visibility. If you need help with any changes to improve your safety, our team is ready to help. Make an appointment and we’ll get you back to driving safety no matter where the road may take you.