Cleanliness is next to?
We all become lazy from time to time. I’m sure we even procrastinate occasionally as well. I was going to write a list of why I procrastinate, but figure I’ll do it later. When it comes to driving, does it really pay for us to procrastinate, especially when it comes to cleaning our windows and mirrors?
The vehicle in this photo has a completely filthy rear window. It’s covered in dirt and even though they have a rear wiper on the window, they left it dirty. Why didn’t they use that wiper to clean it? I’m a bit of a clean freak when it comes to my mirrors and windows on my vehicle. They have to stay clean most of the time. I mean CLEAN. If a little bit of rain happens to make my windshield speckled, I have to use the wipers. The glare from headlights or even from the sun can be a bit distracting. However, dirt on the windows can definitely impede your visibility, especially at night.
Most drivers don’t realize this, but windshield wipers don’t last for the life of the vehicle. They should be replaced annually. The better the wiper, the longer it will last. Proper maintenance of the wiper will also help it last longer. Cleaning the wiper blades with washer fluid will help them last longer. We all see dirt and dust on the windshield from time to time, so ensure you spray it with washer fluid before you use the wipers. The dirt and dust can create scratches in the glass which will reduce your visibility over time. The ‘dry wipe’ can also cut grooves into the wiper blade which will cause streaking across the glass when it rains.
I teach my students atYoung Driversof Canadato take the same philosophy for clean windows. When I get fuel, I clean my windows, including the side windows and mirrors. I want to ensure I maximize the view I have and need. I don’t want dirt to add to the glare the sun gives off to restrict my view of cyclists, pedestrians or other vehicles.
I keep a squeegee in the trunk of my car, along with glass cleaner so I can keep all glass clean, including the inside. In the winter, I use melted snow to clean the windows and mirrors and then use the rubber part of the squeegee to wipe it off. Considering that most of our driving is done with our eyes, doesn’t it make sense to be able to see?
Do the proper thing and keep the windows and mirrors clean. Check them each day to ensure you can maximize your visibility before you get into the vehicle.