Obviously, it’s important to clean your windshield before you head out on the road. It’s just as important to make sure that your vehicle is equipped to handle the rain, bugs, and debris that your windshield will come into contact with once you’re on the road. Luckily, it’s relatively easy to make sure your vehicle is ready for sudden rainstorms that come on in the summer and the bombardment of bugs while driving on the Interstate.
Here are a few ways to make sure your vehicle is ready to maintain your clean windshield:
Check your wiper blades. Blades can deteriorate for a number of reasons including ultraviolet light from the sun and airborne debris such as sand, dust, snow, and ice.
Keep your washer fluid full. At least once a month, depending on how often you use your fluid, refill your washer fluid. Most gas stations sell washer fluid, and it’s inexpensive. Plus, refilling your fluid is usually pretty easy to do.
Get cracks and chips fixed immediately. Typically, it’s an easy repair. If you wait, the crack might spread, and it could mean replacing the entire windshield. Having cracks and chips can impair your sightline, and those chips can also trap dirt, which can wear down your wipers.
Keeping your windshield clean and free of debris is just as crucial to your car and your safety as regularly changing your oil and making sure your brakes are up-to-code. It doesn’t take much time to maintain your windshield, wipers and washer fluid. You’ll be glad you did the next time you’re caught driving in a thunderstorm.