Myths in truck driving

We have a terrible problem with bug spatters, road grime, and oily substances thrown up on our pickup windshield as we travel.


A highly recommended remedy for getting bug guts off the windshield is to liberally spray a foam window cleaner over the entire glass surface, leave it set until the foam disappears then scrub with the scrubbing squeegee pole. Water from the nasty bucket may need to be applied for further scrubbing then squeegee dry.

This works well. On hot summer days not so well. The foam cleaner dries before it can penetrate the bug guts.

Another favorite is cleaning the cooled windshield well and drying it. Apply Rain-X as directed, allow to dry then buff off. The general consensus is “Them bugs will slide right off – guts and all!”

Our experience is “Them bugs” still stick.

The problem with Rain- X is once a soap product has been applied the product loses its proclaimed properties of water sheeting off the glass.

The last myth is one that caused us quite a lot of excitement. Me especially!

The most sworn by tip is adding a few drops of dish washing soap to the windshield washer reservoir.


Just asking…..have you ever added a teensy bit of liquid dish soap to an automatic dishwasher? Yes, indeed I have and the bubbles and foam growing from every crack and cranny of the appliance was astounding.

Just imagine water with liquid soap squirted forcefully from the spray nozzles onto glass. Now imagine seeing the windshield wipers doing their thing. Whap, whap, side to side.

Can you picture this so far?

I’m spazzing out because a blizzard of soap bubbles has totally covered the windshield. Obliterating any visual road reference through the glass.

Joe is squirting more washer fluid, the wipers are flapping, the white out continues, and I am totally freaking out. Joe is calmly squirting away while I am desperately seeking a clean spot on the window to see out.

Joe’s tenacity won out. The windshield was finally clear to see through and I was reduced to a blubbering quivering mess of a person. For a little while anyway.

Windex with vinegar works best on our windshield. Liberally sprayed and worked over with the scrubbing squeegee pole and repeated as necessary.

Bugs and road grime are our nemesis out here. As the sun heats the asphalt roads oils leach to the surface. Big trucks passing us are emitting various fluids from old and worn out parts. When it rains, even sprinkling rains, the road grime gets sprayed onto our windows.

Maybe someone will come up with a sure fire fix for bug guts and road grime. Until then I will stick with Windex.


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

2 responses to “Myths in truck driving

  • gardenpinks

    Apparently, according to our son-in-law, bug splatters and road grime is even worse on a motorbike helmet/visor as your sight can be obliterated very quickly especially during the summer with larger insects splatting across the visor and, as mour daughter, can testify they sure do take a lot of scrubbing to clean them off again 🙂 So I can well understand and empathise with you problems.
    The insects are attracted to the heat released from the roads especially during the evenings and then end up splatted on windscreens – no way round it I’m afraid.
    I can just imagine your panic with the frothing bubbles 😀

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      OMG! I didn’t think of motorcyclists! Indeed, THAT would be a panic inducing ride!

      Remove or raise the visor and your Son-in-law would have a stinging and welt raised face – not to mention the possibility of being blinded.

      Now, if you could figure out a formula from your plants and herbs to easily remove bug guts you would have a beaten path to your door and money hanging out of your pockets.

      One can always hope 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

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