Whether you’re driving in bright sunshine or pouring rain, one way to ensure safe driving is to improve your visibility. Increasing your visibility allows you to see potentially dangerous situations ahead on the road, as well as, assess any changing road conditions. Greater visibility can decrease your chances of being in an accident and increase your chances of getting home safe and sound. So, if you’re ready to improve your visibility, we’ve got 6 small tips to help create a safer driving experience.
Minimize your blind spots
Unchecked blind spots can be a driving hazard, which is why it’s important to minimize them for safe driving. Newer cars have blind spot warning systems, but if your car does not have this feature – there are a few minor tweaks you can make to minimize your blind spots. For starters, make sure your side mirrors are out 15 degrees from the side of your car. After that, you’ll want to confirm your side mirrors are in the best position. For your left side, lean your head so that it’s even with your driver’s side window and adjust your mirror so you can see the side of your car. For your right mirror, you can do the same from the center of the car. These small adjustments will minimize your blind spots and maximize your visibility.
Uncover your windows for better visibility
We’re starting with the basics here, but it’s important that all of your windows are clear. Before hitting the road, make sure your sun shades are rolled up for all windows. If you are storing or transporting belongings in your back seat or trunk area of your SUV, you’ll want to ensure that these items aren’t blocking your view. For boxes and other belongings, pack them on either side of your car leaving the middle empty for greater visibility out the back window. If you have hanging clothes, you can purchase a hanger that wraps around your head rest and allows you to hang clothes without blocking your view.
Improve visibility by making sure to Clean your windshield
Your windshield can get dirty from time to time, but did you know a dirty windshield can be dangerous at night? If your windshield has smudges or haze on it, street lights and oncoming headlights can cause stars in the driver’s eyes making it more dangerous to drive. To ensure your safety, we recommend cleaning your windshield every time you fill up on gas.
Inspect your windshield wipers
Your windshield wiper blades can dull with use which is why it’s important to inspect them periodically. We recommend replacing these blades every 6 months so you’re ready at a moment’s notice to clean your windshield while driving. While you’re inspecting those blades, don’t forget about your windshield washer fluid. Fill this to the proper levels so that you can clean any dirt, debris, and other items that may decrease your visibility while driving.
Keep your headlights clean
Your headlights can accumulate dirt and debris while driving leaving your headlights dimmer which can be a driving hazard. To be safe, you’ll want to clean your headlights off regularly to ensure greater visibility. While you’re cleaning those headlights, be sure to check for any burned out bulbs and replace them right away.
Repair chips and cracks to improve visibility
If you’ve been driving for any length of time, then you’ve probably had this problem. You’re driving along when suddenly a small pebble hits your windshield and causes a chip in the glass. This chip left unattended can become a large crack in no time, leaving your visibility challenged. Save yourself the headache and have those chips and cracks repaired as soon as possible to protect your visibility.
These simple checks can go a long way in improving your driving visibility. If you need help inspecting your car for greater visibility, our team would love to help. Simply make an appointment and we’ll get you back to safe driving all year long.