Automotive Tips

Bugs: Underestimated Driving Hazards

Technician_Car_19The winter of 2014/15 in Southern California had more precipitation than the previous year, which often indicates an increase in the number of bugs. Cleaning off bug debris from your windshield should be an important part of your preventive vehicle maintenance. In this article, we show why bugs are a driving hazard and how to deal with them.

Bug Debris Is a Vision Hindrance

Keeping your windshield clean is a top priority while driving. Even the tiny marks produced by bugs add up; they can cause glare during sunlight hours and obstruct visibility at night.

Bugs Can Be a Distraction

Most people think of cell phones when they hear “distracted driving.” While this is true, there are many other causes. In fact, the federal government says any activity that takes your attention away from driving qualifies as distracted.

According to Mark Hostetler, a University of Florida professor, moths and butterflies are the most likely bugs to splatter a windshield in Southern California. Even if a driver just briefly looks to see where the splatter took place, it takes just one second of distraction for an accident to occur.

Cleaning Product Tips

If bug splatter interfere with your driving, try these tips:

  1. A healthy coat of wax is a great way to protect your vehicle from bug platter, pollen, dust, tree droppings, and other natural dangers to the paint job.
  2. Many drivers in areas where bugs swarm use window treatments like Rain-X. These treatments bond to the glass and prevent debris from sticking.

How Jiffy Lube® Can Help

Your wipers and wiper fluid are your first line of defense against bug splatter. Several of our Southern California locations offer a Windshield Wiper Replacement Service. Also, as part of our Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change we’ll inspect your wiper blades and let you know if they are cracked, split, torn or brittle indicating that it’s time for a replacement. Auto experts recommend replacing your wipers every 6,000 miles or so to maintain effectiveness, including their ability to remove the worst of the splatter from your view of the road.

Tip: Please check out our website or call ahead to your local Jiffy Lube as not all locations provide windshield replacement services.

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