Improve Your Line of Sight

Autumn driving and early nights present new challenges for drivers. Hazy windows, dull bulbs, yellowed headlight lenses--several critical components can add some brightness to your driving life.

Take note of these helpful reminders to take into consideration during Visibility Month.

  • Windshield and side windows. Use a streak-free glass cleaner to clean the interior and outer portions of the windshield. Remember to clean both sides of the glass--contaminants inside the cabin create haze.
     
  • Headlight and taillight bulbs. Do the beams look dull? Traditional halogen headlight bulbs lose brightness with age. Consider replacing bulbs annually for optimum visibility.
     
  • Beam alignment. Do your headlight beams stray in awkward directions? Get lenses straightened out to increase light on the road ahead.
     
  • Yellowed lenses. Summer’s ultraviolet rays can cause cloudiness, condensation or yellowing on headlight lenses. All those problems reduce visibility and your ability to see objects on dark winter nights. Tip: Ask your advisor about headlight polishing. Severely yellowed lenses may require replacement.
     
  • Eye care. Low light levels can make it difficult to clearly see the text of road signs. Consider scheduling an appointment with your doctor for an eye test if you sense your vision is suffering.
  • Roadway hazards. Some navigation apps can warn you if there are potholes, breakdowns or speed traps ahead. 
     
  • Roadside visibility. Authorities frequently remind people to use their emergency flashers when they break down or experience a collision. Accidents frequently occur on roadway shoulders. Make sure other drivers can see you whenever you have a roadside emergency. Use your vehicle’s flashers, acquire reflective vests and add flares to your vehicle safety kit.
  • Windshield clarity. De-icing spray is used on the outside of the windshield, while defogger is applied to the interior side. Tip: Check with your local supplier to see whether de-icer is prohibited in your county.