Your windshield wipers take a beating from the elements, yet you rely on them to help improve your visibility during dangerous conditions, and also to remove dirt and debris that may distract you from paying attention to the road ahead.
If properly maintained, they'll help make sure you arrive at your destination and back in one piece. If you fail to pay them any attention, however, not only do they leave a mess behind, but they may also pose a safety hazard. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to help maintain and care for your windshield wipers.
Make Sure They Stay Clean
This seems counterproductive, but it can be done. To maintain your windshield wiper blades, make sure your windshield stays clean.
Consider making it a habit to clean your windshield every time you fill up at the pump. Most gas stations provide a windshield cleaning solution and squeegee conveniently next to the gas pumps, yet hardly anyone ever pays attention.
The dirt and debris on your windshield not only wears down the rubber pieces on your wiper blades, but it can scratch your windshield if you allow the debris to become embedded in the blades. You should wipe the rubber squeegee part of the wiper blade frequently to help remove oils and grime that frequently collect there.
Upkeep During The Winter
We may neglect to think about the windshield wipers until winter storm weather arrives, forcing us to acknowledge the wipers existence.
Knowing how to maintain your windshield wipers during thus season will not only help increase the longevity of your wipers but will also ensure maximum visibility during those months.
Replace Them Frequently
No, we're not talking about your underwear or socks. :) Your windshield wipers will need to be replaced now and then too. In fact, most experts recommend replacing your windshield wipers every six months to a year. Maybe even sooner if they start to display signs that they need to be replaced. You’ll know when that time is, you may have even encountered the annoying chattering or squeak that occurs with worn out wiper blades.
If you ignore these signs, you'll begin to notice the wiper blade skipping across the windshield instead of clearing the obstacle. This will leave the dirt and water on your windshield even after you’ve used the washer fluid to help aid in removal. Rather than ignore the signs and deal with the annoyance of ineffective wipers, make your way towards an auto parts store and find replacement wiper blades as soon as possible.
One Last Word
Maintaining your wiper blades doesn't have to be an expensive or timely investment. The most important thing to do is ensure that the wiper blades remain clean as much as possible to avoid damaging the blades and your windshield.
Properly maintaining your wipers may seem petty, but when you're spending less at the auto parts store for replacement wipers, you'll appreciate the time you've invested towards proper upkeep.