Windshield wipers can be an overlooked part of your car’s safety system. If your wipers are not working properly, it may be difficult to see the road or other hazards when it rains or snows. Faulty wiper blades can be ineffective and even smear your windshield, potentially creating visibility issues. Some simple, regular maintenance can help ensure your wiper blades are in good shape.
Wiper blades are made out of rubber and can wear even with limited use. The blades should be inspected regularly and replaced, if needed, every six to 12 months, says Firestone Complete Auto Care. If your blades are cracked, torn or heavily worn, they might not grip the windshield properly and can struggle removing mud, rain, sleet or snow. Wiper blades can take a beating during winter months, and since conditions and vehicles can vary, you may consider checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual and the information that comes with your wiper blades for guidance.
Changing your wiper blades is typically a simple task. If you’re not confident about your skills, it may be a good idea to leave it to the professionals — it’s often done when you take your car to a quick lube shop. But, if you want to do it yourself, Cars.com provides these steps:
Taking these simple steps can help make sure your wipers are working efficiently and maximize your visibility for safer driving.