Foggy Windshields Create Dangerous Driving ConditionsJanuary 2, 2020
Anything that affects visibility when you are driving is a serious hazard and can lead to a car accident. When it comes to reduced visibility, most people think of snow, heavy rain, or sun glare. However, foggy windshields can also make it virtually impossible to see the road ahead and any vehicles that may be heading your way. Windshields can quickly become foggy if there is a significant difference in temperature inside the vehicle versus outside the vehicle. Fortunately, this is a simple problem to fix if you know what to do.
How to Clear Up a Foggy Windshield
There are two things that cause condensation to form on your windshield. The following are instructions on how to get rid of the fog, and make sure that you can see clearly:
- The temperature outside is warmer than inside your vehicle. This may cause condensation to form on the outside of the windshield. To clear away the condensation that has formed, increase the temperature inside the car by turning off the air conditioning and turn up the heat. Turn off the recirculation and use the windshield wipers to clear off the condensation.
- The temperature outside is cooler than inside your vehicle. If these conditions cause your windshield to fog up, turn on the front and rear defrosters to a cool temperature, or try opening a window slightly. Ultimately, you want to bring dry, cool air into the vehicle and get rid of as much humidity as you can, since this is what is causing the windshield to fog up. Again, turn off the air recirculation.
Accidents caused by foggy windshields are entirely preventable if you understand what causes them. Always make sure that your windows are clear before hitting the road, including your side windows. People often forget to make sure that their side windows are clear, but this can be particularly dangerous when attempting to switch lanes or turn onto a road when your visibility is affected.
When it comes to driving hazards involving poor visibility, foggy windshields are just one problem that drivers should be aware of and know how to handle. The more educated you are as a driver, including how to handle any kind of weather-related hazard, the better off you will be. Always use extreme caution when driving in inclement weather. Slow down, leave extra room between you and the other drivers on the road, and make safety a priority at all times. Even if you are a safe and responsible driver, you cannot control how other people drive, so be aware of your surroundings.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Accidents Caused by Foggy Windows
If you were injured in a car accident, and the other motorist’s windshield was foggy at the time of the accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. It is a driver’s responsibility to clear away any condensation that may impact visibility. We will hold the at-fault driver responsible for your injuries and ensure that you receive the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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