A vital but often ignored part of any vehicle is the windshield wiper blades. The materials in the blade include rubber, halogen- hardened rubber, or silicon and wipe the windshield so the driver has a clear vision of the road. People may neglect to change them when necessary because blades are disposable. People may not be aware of how often or when to change their wiper blades, yet when they realize it’s time it may present some inconvenience. This post will discuss how often people should change wiper blades and when you can tell they need changing.
When To Change Them
Experts say people should change wiper blades after six months to a year of use. Regardless of the climate in which you live, wiper blades deteriorate over time. Even if you live in an area with low precipitation, wiper blades are susceptible to dry, hot conditions and freezing temperatures. On the flip side, areas in which precipitation is heavy, like here in Chicago, wiper blades should be changed closer to six months.
Is This A Sign?
Time is not the only factor affecting wiper blades. The signs for change are typically clear, or rather they will make your vision less clear. If your wiper blades leave streaks as they go across the windshield, or leave large gaps of water untouched, it’s time to change them. Additionally, if the blades make a chattering sound while moving, you need to change them. However, the noise may be due to running them across a dry windshield. Other than streaks, gaps, and sounds, if the blades start falling off or cracks they should be repaired ASAP. You don’t want to be caught in the rain with malfunctioning wipers and end up in an accident.