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University of Michigan Study Shows That Water Repellent Windshield Treatments Improve Driver Response Time and Safety


A University of Michigan study found that "The application of hydrophobic treatment to the windshield of an automobile, under simulated rainy-driving conditions, resulted in significantly improved visual acuity and decreased response time to recognize a simple target. The improvement in response time was, on average, greater than one second: equivalent to more than 88ft of travel at 62mph."

The US National Safety Council says that 90% of driving decisions are based on what we see around us, so the importance of a hydrophobic water beading coating such as Rain-X Glass Water Repellent cannot be overstated. And with 2016 on track to have above average rainfall, taking the necessary steps to improve driver visibility is essential.

For the past 30 years, Ron Fausnight, Group Technical Manager at ITW Global Brands, has developed car care products for both professionals and consumers that improve visibility in any type of weather situation, helping drivers safely navigate the road. Ron is available to discuss how improved visibility on the road with a hydrophobic coating like Rain-X can save lives.