We had a very wet winter last year. It's hard to say what this year will look like, but we're no strangers to fog, mist and rain in the Bay Area. In the upcoming months, your visibility as a driver becomes increasingly important. Not only do you need to see where you are going, but you want other drivers on the road to see you. Let's look at some automotive maintenance needs that will improve your visibility this winter.
Heater and Front Defroster
Your front defroster is part of your vehicles AC/heating system and it is very useful when cold outside. It's true some defrosters just work better than others. However, if yours isn't clearing up your windows properly, it is worth getting checked out by an auto repair technician. There may be something wrong with your heater/air conditioner, vents could be dirty, the cabin air filter may be due for a change, or it could be a result of something else.
If your vehicle has a rear defroster, it is generally tied into the electrical system. It conducts current through the wiring in your rear window to internally heat up and slowly defrost the glass. These can be tricky to repair, but you want yours working well in order to see out your back window. Modern vehicles with rear back-up cameras can certainly help when driving in reverse. However, they will never completely substitute for being able to look directly out your rear window when backing up or monitoring traffic behind you on the road.
Headlights, Tail Lights and Fog Lights
Your vehicle has plenty of lights and all are importance to visibility. Your headlights and fog lights will obviously help you see in fog, rain and at night, so you want them to be strong and clear. Old headlight casings can be restored/cleaned and weak/dead bulbs in any of your vehicle's front or rear lights should be replaced immediately.
When it's rainy or foggy, your windshield wipers are crucial to visibility and safety. Make sure you wiper blades are working well and top off your windshield wiper fluid. Windshield wiper maintenance is simple and inexpensive, and it can literally save your life!
Improve your comfort and visibility as a driver with these simple maintenance and repair tips. If you need any automotive services this winter, count on the auto repair experts at San Francisco Automotive Solutions. We have all your auto repair and maintenance needs covered. Call our shop today at (415) 957-1170 or schedule your service appointment online.