5 Tips for Improving Visibility During Winter

The winter weather that we have been experiencing lately brings dangerous driving conditions along with it.   A lot of accidents that happen during this dangerous driving season can be attributed to poor visibility.  Hence the 3 tips for improving visibility during winter.

1. Windshield wipers

We rely on our windshield wipers to clear windows of ice and frost, but only wipers in proper condition can stand up to the task of dealing with snow and sleet. Worn or damaged windshield wipers can leave a dangerous layer of snow, ice, or sleet on your windshield or leave streaks that can impair your ability to see the road. Stop by and see us at Academy Ford to have your wipers inspected. If needed, service technicians can quickly install high-quality replacements that meet the specifications of your vehicle.

2. Headlights

Headlights help other drivers see your car and help you get a good view of the road ahead. For these reasons, you should always turn on your headlights during winter weather. We recommend checking on your headlights to make sure they are working properly 3 or 4 times a year. Make sure to promptly replace burned-out or dimmed units to get the safest winter driving experience.

Most modern cars use plastic headlight lenses that become cloudy over time. These aging lenses reduce the effectiveness of your headlights, setting the stage for a low-visibility driving environment. Academy Ford can restore your lenses to clear, like-new condition, if you are experiencing this issue.

3. Snow removal

Accumulated snow camouflages your car, making it difficult to see while on the road. To stay safe, remove snow from the hood, roof, and trunk of your car as well as from the bumpers before leaving your driveway or the mall parking lot. Keep a small brush or broom in your car so that you can remove accumulated snow wherever you are.  There is nothing worse then when a car in front of you dumps a ton of snow on your windshield that flew off their roof…don’t be that car.

4. Don’t forget your mirrors!

4 out of 10 motorists admit that they do not clear off their mirrors before hitting the road.  Your mirrors become exponentially more important to your visibility in bad weather, so please remember your mirrors.

5. Clear off 100% of your windshield.

Both men and women don’t clear off the entire windshield.  Women reporting clear off 70%, while men only clear off 60%.  Don’t follow the crowd on this one, be an individual and clear off 100% of your windshield to increase your visibility and safety!

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