5 Tips for Keeping Your Windshield Wipers in Tip-Top Shape
Your windshield wipers play a huge role in keeping you safe on the road. Not only is driving with a dirty, wet windshield annoying, but the lack of visibility is dangerous for you and the other drivers you encounter.
To get the most out of your wipers, follow these tips.
1. Don’t use your wipers on a dry windshield
You may think it’s a great way to get rid of dust on the windshield.
Always use your washer button if the windshield’s dry. Wipers are specifically designed to be used on a wet surface. Another thing to remember is to turn off the wipers before you turn off the engine. If you don’t, you risk running the wipers on a dry windshield the next time you turn the car on.
2. Use the defroster and ice scraper first
Yes, your wipers can move snow and might even scrape off some of the ice, but it’s not ideal. Ice and/or heavy snow can make your wipers stick. Turning on the defrost and using the ice scraper are your first lines of defense.
Stuck wipers may break free, but they could get damaged and leave streaks on your windshield. In addition to the wipers themselves, you could harm the motor that moves the blades, causing you to pay for an expensive repair.
3. Keep the windshield clean
Wiping across dirty class will cause your windshield wipers to wear out more quickly. Get into the habit of cleaning your windshield every time you put gas in your vehicle. Most gas stations have cleaner and a squeegee at each pump.
Just remember to check the sponge before you swipe it across your windshield in case there are any stray rocks or debris that could cause a scratch.
4. Reposition the blades for winter
When you know a freeze is coming, pull your wiper blades away from the windshield the night before. It will keep the blade from sticking to the glass and it makes the windshield easier to scrape.
5. Have the right wipers for the job
Wiper blades come in different sizes to accommodate various size vehicles. Make sure you check the owner’s manual so that you buy the right size. There are also specialty blades that are made specifically for winter weather.
Take care of your wiper blades
Whether it’s the hot sun in summer or the snow and ice of winter, the weather will eventually cause your wipers to break down.