Windshield wiper blades tend to be overlooked. When you can’t see properly through a dirty windshield, a rainstorm, or a snowstorm, you automatically think to switch these on. When your wipers don’t do their job effectively, it can actually make matters worse. To ensure your visibility isn’t impaired, it is best to replace them on time.
Certain conditions can make your windshield wipers wear down, like exposure to harmful UV rays, excess moisture, and other general wear and tear. When your windshield wiper blades are old, they can become brittle or crack. The rubber part of them can fray or come off. To ensure you get the most wear out of your windshield wiper blades, follow these tips below!
- Clean your windshield - This will prevent dirt, debris, and other pollutants from clinging onto your wipers.
- Wipe the wipers down - It is natural for foreign things to cling onto your wipers. It is a good habit to clean off the rubber part. That is where the wipers make contact with the glass.
- Park your car out of the sun - The sun can be damaging to many parts of your car, and your wipers are no exception. The heat can dry out your wipers and sometimes even warp them.
- Don’t abuse them - You should only use your wipers when they have moisture on them (i.e., snow, rain, wiper fluid). Running them dry can hurt them.
- Lift them in the winter - The winters in Hanover Park can be vicious. If you anticipate snow or freezing cold weather, please remember to lift up your wipers, so they don’t freeze onto your windshield.
It is recommended that you replace your windshield wiper blades every 6-12 months. If you’ve noticed that your wiper blades have worn down, please do not hesitate to come by Kamphaus Auto Care for assistance. We can help you with all your automotive needs!