Dangerous Windshield Glare
We’ve all had times driving when the glare from the sun or oncoming headlights temporary blinds us. You know, those moments when your windshield instantly switches from being transparent to totally opaque, usually causing your heart to skip a beat or two. Thankfully, it usually lasts just a second or so. Unless, of course, it lasts longer, then it becomes really scary. Here’s what you should know about windshield glare.
You probably know that windshield glare comes when dirt, scratches, or fog on your windshield reflect light sources that hit the glass head-on. A physicist would say that “debris on the windshield scatters the incident light across the glass.” And this becomes especially problematic when the scattering process makes the glass appear opaque thereby interrupting the driver’s vision.
New cars may suffer from another glare producing element: the waxy film on the glass caused by
the release of volatile gasses (“plasticizers”) trapped in the dashboard and other plastic pieces. Our technical reference for this article, Lynch Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Mukwonago, WI, told us that ironically these plasticizers are known for what we call “that new car smell.”
The solution, of course, is to remove the scattering particles, or in layman’s terms: “clean your windshield.” Hope this isn’t too big a surprise. However, as easy as this is to say, thoroughly cleaning your windshield sometimes takes a little more effort than just a quick wipe with Windex.
Supplies to clean your windshield
Here are the Items you will need:
- Bottle of commercial glass cleaner
- Clean cloth or sponge
- Glass polish
- Microfiber towels
- Plastic scrubber
- Spray bottle of household glass cleaner
How to do it
First, Spray the outside of your windshield thoroughly with the glass cleaner and then dry it off with paper towels or a soft cotton T-shirt. Remove any substances that have adhered to the windshield, like road muck and bugs, using a plastic scrubber. Use clean water and a clean cloth to rinse.
Next, wipe down the inside of the windshield with the commercial glass cleaner using a piece of clean cloth or sponge. Dry the area using crumbled newspapers.
Finally, apply the Glass Polish. Using a polishing agent manufactured for glass cleaning, fill the tiny scratches and pits on your windshield’s front surface. Start by applying it on your windshield with a clean, wet rag using circular motions. Then cover the whole windshield and wait for it to dry. You should be able to see a milky white residue. Use the microfiber cloth to wipe off the polish.
Applying polishing agents that are not meant for glass can lead to a greasy smear and film across your windshield, and it may not come off easily.
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