In addition to being aesthetically unpleasant, a streaky windshield poses a significant danger to your safety because it can impair your vision while you drive. With that in mind, in today’s post we answer some questions such as: “Why is my windshield streaky?” and “How to prevent streaks on my windshield?”
Why Is My Windshield Streaky?
In most cases, streaks are nothing more than solid residues that remain attached to your windshield once the water that carried them has evaporated. Here are some of the common factors that cause a streaky windshield.
Using the wrong type of cleaner
Clean your windshield with products formulated for automotive glass. Some cleaning products (especially if ammonia-based) can leave stubborn streaks behind
If you use a dirty rag to clean your windshield, the dirt will transfer to your windshield, forming streaks when the water dries. Use a clean microfiber cloth on your windshield and remember to have separate cloths or sponges for the wheels and the rest of the vehicle.
Dirty or Old Windshield Wipers
If your windshield wipers are too dirty or worn down, they may leave dirt behind, creating streaks on the glass.
Particularly hot weather can cause the water to evaporate before you can properly dry your windshield. That’s why you should always wash your car in the shade at a time when the weather cools down a bit.
How To Prevent Streaks on My Windshield?
Driving with a streaky windshield can be frustrating — and dangerous. Luckily, this common issue is easy to avoid if you adopt the right habits.
Here are some easy steps you can take to prevent streaks and smudges on your windshield:
- Don’t wash your car under direct sunlight
- When washing your windshield, use ammonia-free products specifically formulated for automotive glass
- Use a clean microfiber cloth when on your windshield
- Wipe your windshield wipers clean when you wash your car and change them when necessary
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