How Frequent Should I Change My Wiper Blades?

Struggling to see through your windscreen while driving in the rain or snow can be very aggravating and even stressful. If you start to notice large streaks or hear squeaks when you turn those wipers on, it may be time to swap out your wipers. We recommend installing new, high-quality wipers that are effective in wiping away rain, snow, fog, and other objects that may hinder your visibility. Your wipers are vital to ensure your safety on the road, so you should never delay replacing them.

If you want to be extra cautious, your wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months, depending on usage, blade brand/quality, and the weather conditions in your location. 


What Are the Symptoms of Worn Wiper Blades?

For the most part, you can make your judgments based on your senses regarding windshield wipers. Good, working windshield wipers should be able to clear water, snow, or slush on your windscreen without a problem. It should be a seamless process. Once your wiper blades have been excessively used, they will show the following signs of wear:

  • They simply don't work - The most apparent indication of aging wipers is that they do not work anymore. If you can not recognize objects, signs, and other cars through the rain or snow, then it's time to get new ones.
  • Wear-and-tearon the blade's physical appearance - Old wipers will start to show signs of wear such as fading, tearing, rusting, warping, and corrosion. It's time to throw them out when they display any of these symptoms.
  • Odd signs during use - Sometimes, old wiper blades may skip, squeak, and squawk during usage. If you hear these sounds when the wipers run against the glass windscreen, then you should exchange them right away.

If you procrastinate on replacing your old wipers, it can get very dangerous for you when driving through the rain or snow. Now that it's fall, it's the perfect time of the year to install new windshield wipers. Our expert mechanics can look at your wiper blades and install fresh new wipers for your safety. Hurry - so you can avoid an accident or any harm to yourself and others on the road. Please give Cottman of Waldorf a call or visit today!

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