Minnesota drivers, like you, are prioritizing safer driving in every season. While there are a variety of ways you can improve safety while you drive, one area that can get overlooked is improving visibility. Greater visibility helps you see potentially dangerous situations, and help you assess changing road conditions up ahead. Improving your visibility can decrease your chances of getting into an accident, and increase your chances of getting to your destination safe and sound. If you’re ready to improve your visibility every time you hit the road, then keep reading for our 6 quick tips for greater visibility.

Keep your windshield clean for better visibility

When it comes to visibility, we’ll start with the basics. A clean windshield improves your visibility 100% of the time. However, a dirty windshield can be dangerous, especially at night – as street lights and oncoming headlights can reflect off of smudges and haze  on your windshield, and create “stars” in the driver’s eyes making it difficult to see. To be safe, we recommend making a habit out of cleaning your windshield everytime you fill up your tank with gas.

Inspect your windshield wipers

Did you know that your windshield wiper blades can dull over time? Your wiper blades are essential to keeping your windshield clean while you’re driving, and when they become dull it can leave debris, haze, and even ice in the winter blocking your view. We recommend replacing your wiper blades every 6 months to ensure greater visibility. You’ll also want to fill your windshield washer fluid to the appropriate levels to keep your view clean and clear.

Clean your headlights

Dirt and debris can accumulate  on your headlights causing them to become dimmer when you need them most for night time driving. Cleaning your headlights regularly can keep them shining bright and ready to go for every drive. And while you’re cleaning those headlights – it’s a good idea to check that they are working properly. Plan on replacing any burned out bulbs for greater visibility at night.

Repair chips and cracks ASAP

You’ve probably had this happen a time or two – you’re driving down the road and minding your own business when all of a sudden a tiny rock comes flying into your windshield leaving a small chip or crack. When we neglect those tiny chips, they can become large cracks across your windshield that can impede visibility. We recommend repairing those small chips and cracks as soon as possible to protect your visibility.

Uncover your windows for better visibility

Covered windows can block your view out the back and decrease your visibility. If you have sun shades installed in your car, make sure they are rolled up before hitting the road. If you are storing or transporting your belongings in the back seat or trunk area of an SUV, it’s a good idea to pack on either side and leave the middle open so you can see out the back through your rear view mirror. One last tip? If you have hanging clothes blocking your view, you can invest in a hanger that wraps around your head rest and allows you to hang clothes in your back seat without blocking your view.

Improve visibility by making sure to Minimize your blind spots

Newer cars come with a blind spot warning system, but if your car doesn’t have this feature there are some things you can adjust to minimize those blind spots. For starters, make sure your side mirrors are out 15 degrees from both sides. For your left side mirror, lean your head so that it’s even with the driver side window and adjust the mirror so you can see the side of the car. For your right side mirror, you can make the same adjustment except you should do this from the center of the car. These small adjustments should minimize your blind spots and increase your visibility.

These quick tips can improve visibility and give you peace of mind when it comes to driver safety. If you have other questions about safety precautions for your car, our team would love to help. Simply make an appointment and we’ll inspect your car to ensure safe driving all year long.