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Old 03-14-2022, 11:22 AM
 
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I drive a 2008 Honda Accord. For past few months, I have been experiencing really bad reflections on my windshield. This becomes a driving hazard at night since, the light coming from oncoming traffic is reflected and turns into vertical lines on my windshield.

What is an effective way to solve this problem?
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Old 03-14-2022, 11:39 AM
 
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I drive a 2008 Honda Accord. For past few months, I have been experiencing really bad reflections on my windshield. This becomes a driving hazard at night since, the light coming from oncoming traffic is reflected and turns into vertical lines on my windshield.

What is an effective way to solve this problem?
Clean the windshield, bath inside and out.
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Old 03-14-2022, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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The only reflection I see is in daytime off the dashboard. They need to talk to physics major.
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Old 03-14-2022, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Clean the windshield, bath inside and out.
Yes, dirt, as well as windshield pitting (from small rocks and grit hitting the surface at highway speed) cause light dispersion/glare at the glass surface. Do the best you can with thoroughly cleaning first and see how that looks. If it's badly pitted, price out getting some new windshield glass.
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Old 03-14-2022, 03:34 PM
 
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I drive a 2008 Honda Accord. For past few months, I have been experiencing really bad reflections on my windshield. This becomes a driving hazard at night since, the light coming from oncoming traffic is reflected and turns into vertical lines on my windshield.

What is an effective way to solve this problem?
I see someone else advise this I will also advise this clean your windshield also clean your dashboard.
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Old 03-14-2022, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Vallejo
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I drive a 2008 Honda Accord. For past few months, I have been experiencing really bad reflections on my windshield. This becomes a driving hazard at night since, the light coming from oncoming traffic is reflected and turns into vertical lines on my windshield.

What is an effective way to solve this problem?
Assuming you mean refraction of light passing through your grimy windshield or pitted windshield, the answer is to was the windshield and replace it if necessary. There's nothing you can do about pitting other htan replace it, which given the age of the car is certainly possible it just needs a new windshield.

Reflection would mean the headlights from oncoming traffic is bouncing off your windshield and blinding the oncoming traffic. If that's what you mean it's your headlights and not the reflection of their headlights bouncing off your windshield that's blinding them. Unless you're talking about blinding some alien abudction lights or someting, your wind shield isn't pointed the right direction for that.
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Old 03-14-2022, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I personally like the Stoner Invisible Glass wipes, clean the inside of the windshield with them, that might be the problem.



You may have something built up on the outside so a scrub with something like Bon Ami cleaner or a specific windshield cleaner may help


Do run your fingernails over the glass, if it's pitted and rough, as others have said, the only practical fix is a new windshield, as far as I know.
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Old 03-14-2022, 04:37 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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And have your eyes checked. Cataract formation can cause halos and starbursts at night.
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Old 03-15-2022, 05:07 AM
 
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The inside of the windshield may need cleaning. Do people smoke in your car?
A once-over cleaning with Windex may not be enough. It may required several scrubbings.
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Old 03-15-2022, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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Be careful with using abrasive cleaners like Bon Ami, Comet, etc on the glass, as glass is not really hard and can be scratched fairly easily.

I have gotten away with cleaning the windshield occasionally with warm water and dish soap and a kitchen scrub sponge that's safe for non-stick cookware. I don't apply a lot of pressure, and that way it does do a better job of cleaning than just the soft regular sponge surface, but doesn't seem to scratch the glass. I wouldn't do even this too often or press too hard. Once it's scratched, it's scratched.
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