The humid weather in Hawaii can cause your windows to fog up, which makes it incredibly difficult to see. When it’s warm outside, turning on the air conditioning can create a fog that blurs your windows, making it almost impossible to drive. You should never drive if you have fogged-up windows, but how can you remedy this annoying problem? Read on to learn how to handle a foggy window so you can get back to safe driving.
Why Your Windows Fog Up
The reason for foggy windows is a combination of the air’s temperature and its moisture content. This air can turn to condensation, which then settles on your windows. When it’s hot and muggy outside, the air reaches the dew point against your windshield as soon as it becomes cooled by the AC system. Once this happens, it’s almost impossible to see in any direction. Thankfully, there are some things you can do to get rid of that pesky, foggy windshield.
When It’s Warm Outside
As temperatures and moisture levels rise, they can be higher than the temperatures inside your car. This creates moisture that condensates right onto the exterior of your windshield and other windows. The remedy for this problem is to change the temperature inside of your car to match the outside temperature, but how do you do this? Follow these helpful tips to help you see more clearly:
- Use your windshield wipers and try to wipe away excess condensation. Sometimes this can help to warm up the window and balance the temperature.
- Turn your car’s air conditioner to the lowest setting. This is the least cool setting. Make sure you do this to increase the temperature but without being too unbearable. If it’s still not working, you may need to turn the AC off for just a few minutes until the condensation subsides.
- You can use your car’s air recirculation feature to combat foggy windows. This will get the air moving, making temperature and moisture levels more equal to those that are outside.
- When worse comes to worst and you’re in a hurry, you may need to just wipe the exterior of your windshield with a rag or microfiber cloth. Just be aware that this is only temporary, and your windows may fog right back up again.
Never drive with foggy windows, as it can be a serious hazard. Try one or all of these tips above to help you get a clear, clean windshield so you can hit the road safely and in confidence.
Contact us if you have any inquiries or wish to schedule an appointment. Kauai Auto Repair, LLC is located at 1629 Haleukana St. Lihue, HI 96766.