When the rain is pouring down while you’re driving this fall, the last thing you want is a pair of windshield wipers that leave streaks behind on your windshield. Not being able to clearly see the road is a serious safety concern!
Before you find yourself in that situation, check your windshield wipers!
Because windshield wiper blades are made from rubber, they will wear out over time. Many things can damage your windshield wipers, including:
Snowmelt can collect and freeze while you are parked, freezing the wiper blade to the windshield. If you turn on the motor before it thaws, it can damage the wiper blades.
Scraping ice off the windshield can damage the windshield wipers. Use caution to avoid hitting or tearing the wiper blades.
Heat can cause the rubber to wear down faster. Check for evidence of cracking on the windshield wiper blade.
Age is the most common culprit. As the rubber gets old, wiper blades can crack, split, and deteriorate.
Any of this damage can cause streaking on your windshield. Old wiper blades that cannot clear your windshield make it harder to see, and low visibility can put you in an avoidable high-risk situation.
Windshield wipers should be replaced every 6 to 12 months. Even if it isn’t raining, use your windshield wiper fluid to test the blades and clean your windshield regularly. When it starts streaking, it’s time to replace the blades.
The next time you are near S&S Research in Mukwonago, stop by and our auto technicians will refill your windshield washer fluid to keep you safely on the road. We can also help you choose between the available windshield wiper blades for your vehicle.
To schedule your next vehicle maintenance service or set up a pre-winter inspection, call our experienced team of auto repair experts at 262-968-3324!