In case you haven’t noticed, motorhomes typically have larger windshields than your average passenger car. This holds true whether you’re in a Class A, Class B or Class C motorhome. But a larger windshield means more surface area for insect suicides. There’s nothing worse than hopping in the driver’s seat after a long night of driving and realizing your windshield is covered in so many bugs you can hardly see.
It’s been said that automobiles murder trillions bugs a year. Hard to believe isn’t it? Over in The Netherlands, a Dutch biologist named Arnold van Vliet decided to conduct a little study. He gathered 250 drivers and asked them to track their mileage and count the number of bugs found on their vehicles each night for the course of six weeks. Here’s what he found:
A total of 19,184 miles were traveled by these test subjects over the course of six weeks, after which the results were tallied: 17,836 insects had met their demise. That’s a lot of bug guts, but it’s not until you extrapolate that data across the entire frontal area of an automobile and the total number of cars in the world that your head starts spinning.
The friendly buggers from Treehugger decided to do a little math in an attempt to estimate the total number of insect fatalities in the United States. Are you sitting down? An astounding 32.5 trillion insects (estimated, of course) are killed in the U.S. each year by automobiles. Total insect genocide.
I’ll bet that makes you wonder exactly how many bugs you are murdering every day in your RV. It’s probably a lot… especially if you’re a full-timer. Now let’s discuss getting these little suicide bombers off of windshields. Even though we have windshield wipers and fluid, that usually just makes it worse (at least in my opinion). There are also a bunch of home remedies you could try, but there’s one in particular that I like to use when I’m out on the road and don’t have time to get out and give the old RV a good cleaning — a razor blade. It’s the simplest thing in the world and the quickest. This may not be the best idea for those of you with a weak stomach, but it’s quick and gets the job done fairly well! If you’ve ever used a razor blade to scrap off an old registration sticker, then this will be cake. Simply take the razor blade, and make a downward scraping motion. I like to have a paper towel on hand for the bug remains, but that part is purely optional.
So there you have it my fellow Washington RV owners. A quick solution to clearing up your windshields! Anyone else have a fast remedy they like to use on the road?