STEAM­ING UP THE CAR WIN­DOWS

The Gympie Times - - MOTORING - Blair Bent­ley RACQ tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor

Be­ing able to see while driv­ing is vi­tal, but in some weather con­di­tions, like storms and rain, the wind­screen can fog up and that makes it dif­fi­cult.

There are a num­ber of prod­ucts you can ap­ply to the glass to re­duce fog­ging, rang­ing from pro­fes­sional spe­cial­ist treat­ments to sim­ple things you find around the home like shav­ing cream and raw pota­toes.

But while fancy treat­ments are tempt­ing and spuds might sound in­trigu­ing, your car’s demis­ter sys­tem should do the job just fine and save you raid­ing your wal­let and the pantry.

Most modern ve­hi­cles are equipped with air-con­di­tion­ing and us­ing it with the demis­ter will speed up the process con­sid­er­ably, pro­vided the glass is clean.

Dirty glass is an­other is­sue al­to­gether. Whether it’s tinted or not, a filthy wind­screen is not only dif­fi­cult to see through, it can also be quite re­flec­tive, caus­ing an­other layer of dif­fi­culty.

I find you get the best re­sults by us­ing a clean, damp chamois, then wip­ing off any streaks with a clean, dry mi­crofi­bre cloth or pa­per towel. Just be aware that pa­per towel can be a bit ag­gres­sive if you have tinted sur­faces and avoid us­ing any am­mo­nia-based prod­ucts as they can de­grade the tint ma­te­rial over time.

You want the best vis­i­bil­ity pos­si­ble in all driv­ing con­di­tions and keep­ing a wind­screen clean and fog-free will make a big dif­fer­ence whether it’s storm­ing or the sun is shin­ing.

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