Your windshield wipers play a big role in your safety. It might not cross your mind to check them on a regular basis, but the last thing you want is for your wipers to fail you during a rain or snow storm.
On average, wipers should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, but there are some signs you can watch for that will let you know when they’ve reached their limit and it’s time for new ones.
What Causes Damage to Windshield Wipers?
A number of natural and manmade substances can cause windshield wipers to deteriorate. The rays from the sun as well as moisture from acid rain and salt water, can cause damage to the blades. Add in particles of sand and dust that fly up from the roads, or oils from car washes, and wipers have to withstand a lot of elements on a daily basis.
How to Keep Your Windshield Wipers in Top Condition
- Give the blades a quick clean whenever you get gas using the fluid from the gas station.
- Don’t clear ice or frost from your windshield in the winter with your wipers. Use a scraper instead to save your blades.
- Park in the shade to avoid exposure to the sun.
- In the winter, lift your wipers away from the windshield so they don’t freeze to it.
Signs Your Windshield Wipers Are Due To Be Replaced
As mentioned above, there are certain signs you can watch for that will tell you your windshield wipers will need to be replaced:
- If you’re experiencing streaking, it’s likely due to the blades being dried and hardened
- If your blades become misshapen you will notice them skipping on the windshield
- If your blades are often exposed to the sun you may notice the rubber elements splitting. It’s important to watch for this so you’re not caught off guard.
Your windshield wipers play a big role in the safe condition of your vehicle. Ensure that your wipers are in top condition so you don’t lose visibility in the rain or snow. If you have questions about your wipers or windshield safety, don’t hesitate to contact us at (613) 978-8768 – we’re always happy to help!