Consider Replacing Your Windshield Wipers Before the Next Rain
If your windshield wipers aren't functioning properly, it reduces driving visibility and slows reaction time. Wiper blades deteriorate due to sun, moisture, oil and airborne debris. Common wiper problems include:
- Streaking - when the rubber squeegee dries, hardens and cracks. It can also be caused by tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances collected on either the glass or the blade.
- Skipping - when the blade develops a curvature from lack of use (e.g. left in the ‘parked position’ for an extended length of time).
- Wearing - with extensive use and is when the rubber edges are rounded instead of squared.
- Splitting - caused when the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the rubber squeegee, causing it to breakdown and separate from the frame.
- Bent Frames - inconsistent contact with the glass surface, creating streaking or skipping.
If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is time to replace your windshield wipers!
After installing new wiper blades, avoid these common problems and extend the life of your blades by following these simple steps:
- Clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank;
- Gently wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp towel to remove any loose dirt or oil;
- Inspect your wiper blades. Look for a broken frame, metal corrosion and visible cracks, tears and/or missing squeegee pieces; and,
- Never use your wipers to de-ice your windshield
Remember to maintain wiper blades to maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability.