Whether or not you use them frequently, you should be replacing wiper blades with some regularity. Over time the blade wears down, making it less effective at clearing your windshield. It’s important to remember that effective windshield wipers are a vital safety component: so take the maintenance of them as seriously as you would your tires or brakes. [A Rainy Windshield]
How Long Is Too Long?
Some people will go years between a new set of blades, but that’s far too long. Wiper blades can wear out in as few as three months. And none will last longer than 12, even if you shell out big bucks for a fancy pair. Get in the habit of looking at your blades every few months. If you are seeing any clues suggesting they are wearing out, it’s best to be proactive and replace them before you’re stuck in a storm with a blurred view.
Plan on replacing wiper blades at the very least once a year. If you live in a region that sees snow or ice in the colder months, consider switching to a set of winter blades at the same time you are mounting your snow tires. These durable windshield wipers aren’t prone to freezing up and can handle heavier snowfall. As temperatures warm in the spring, you can switch back to a slimmer wiper blade.
What to Look for
To determine if your wiper blades are ready to be replaced, look for these telltale signs:
Visibility is paramount for drivers. The ability to see clearly in inclement weather starts and stops with your windshield wipers. Therefore, replacing your wiper blades should be a mainstay of your car care regimen.
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