When you’re driving, your visibility is only as good as your car’s windshield. Driving with a dirty or scratched windshield can be dangerous, and you should never drive in the rain without properly installed and maintained wiper blades.
Do You Need New Wiper Blades?
If it has been over 6 months since your last wiper blade installation, keep your eyes and ears open. If you notice any of these warning signs, it is time for new blades immediately:
- Streaking – caused by dried, hardened wiper squeegees or foreign substances on the blades.
- Skipping – most often, when a wiper blade is skipping, it’s an indication of poor windshield contact and could be a result of lack of use.
- Wearing – when you use your wipers more than normal, they could cause accelerated wear and tear. Once you notice the edges of your blades becoming more rounded than squared, it’s time for new blades to ensure proper contact.
- Splitting – if the rubber squeegee is cracked or pulling away from the wiper frame, it could leave broad streaks on your windshield. This could be a result of overexposure to ultraviolet light which causes the rubber to break down.
- Scratching or squeaking – if you can hear the sound of metal on glass, or consistent squeaking noises, it could be an indicator of a deeper problem that could be damaging your windshield.
If you notice these signs, schedule an appointment with your auto mechanic. They can address issues or install new parts to have you back on the road in no time. Other things to look for during a visual inspection include broken metal wiper arm, loose or cracked squeegee, or corrosion of the metal round joints and claws of wiper arm.
Once you have new blades have been installed and tested, go one step further to keep your windshield as clear as possible. Ask about windshield treatments that repel excess water or insects.
Most experts recommend changing your wiper blades annually or every 6 months, typically before winter. Ask us to replace your windshield wipers and apply a windshield treatment during your next inspection, service, or routine preventative maintenance.