It’s summer – that time of year when clouds of small insects fill the air, all of them apparently desperate to squash themselves on your car’s windscreen, bonnet and headlights.
Windscreen wash doesn’t always do a very good job in clearing your windscreen and regular cleaning is required if you do any amount of driving and want to be able to see where you are going.
I’ve found two approaches to cleaning that work for me, depending on whether I am washing the whole car or just want to give the windscreen a quick clean.
Washing The Car
If I’m washing the car, I tend to spray the windscreen and bonnet with a bug and tar removal spray before I wash it. I’ve tried several but have found that the cheap bug and tar removal spray that Wilkinsons sells for around £1 works as well as some more expensive products, so I just tend to use that now.
Using it is easy – spray it liberally on before you start to wash, then leave it for a minute or two. After that, simply shampoo and rinse as normal. You should find that the insects and the marks they leave behind come off more easily than usual on both glass and paintwork (or plastic).
Cleaning The Windscreen Without Washing
Simply spray it on, leave it to soak for a minute and then rub the insects off with a micofibre cloth. I find that this gets the majority of insect marks off the front of my car without too much effort and without it needing to be washed afterwards.
You won’t get it 100% clean this way, but you will get rid of most insect residue with a couple of minutes work – ideal for long trips and holidays when cleaning the car isn’t appropriate, but you still need to be able to see where you are going!
Finally, there are a few screenwash products (like Prestone Bugwash) on the market that claim to be much better than standard screenwash at clearing car windscreens of insect mess. I’ve never tried any of these so I can’t comment on them, but if you have used them, I would be very interested to know how well they worked for you – just leave a comment below.