The computer networks in vehicles get more sophisticated every year, thanks
to the relentless march of technology, and these systems are increasingly
capable of warning drivers about dangers before they collide with other
vehicles, objects, or pedestrians. While keeping your vehicle clean in
winter can be challenging, especially given the crazy hot spells and massive
snow storms that have graced the mid-Atlantic this season, keep your sensors
clean so they stay in good working order.
Most sensors are relatively rugged, and they can be simply cleaned with
soap and water. If you don't have time for a full car wash, grab a
rag and attend to these areas:
1. Backup camera lens. Located on the rear of the vehicle, this is the "eye" that lets
you see what's behind you - essential for those who parallel park often.
2. Bumper sensors. Clean the bumper sensors, so your vehicle can tell if you're too close
to a fire hydrant, another car, or another object.
3. Blind spot monitoring panels. Clean your side mirrors to clear up your car's ability to "see"
its blind spots. This is key if you spend a lot of time on the Beltway,
navigating among trucks or finding your way through stop and go traffic.
4. Windshield camera and sensor. Not only will cleaning the windshield help you see (obviously), but doing
so will also help your front sensors identify and help your car react
to hazards, such as people or animals in the road or potholes.
5. 360-degree cameras. These cameras don't come standard with many models, but even non-luxury
cars now feature 360 visuals. Located on the side mirrors or the grille,
they provide drivers with more feedback to cover problem areas like blind spots.
6. The grille. Keeping the front of the car clean not only protects multiple sensors,
such as the ones we've mentioned; it also helps you avoid potential
problems with the radiator.
Check out this
video from Consumer Reports for tips on how to clean these areas properly. For more roadway safety
tips this winter, see our article offering
Safe Driving Tips for Extreme Winter Weather.
Please get in touch with our experienced
Washington D.C. auto accident attorneys to discuss what potential strategies might be available to you to obtain
compensation for your damages.