This year’s summer will go down in history as one of the hottest on record. And whether or not you realize it, all the heat has probably taken a toll on some of your car parts. Especially exposed parts like the windshield wipers. As we transition towards cooler weather, it’s a good idea to take a look at your wipers and refresh them. Automotive Expert Daphne Gilpin advises that “Windshield wiper blades are the number two safety feature on a vehicle, right behind the brakes. Windshield wipers provide a clear view while driving in harsh conditions. Without the proper equipment, driving in bad weather can sometimes be the difference between life and death.” Here are a few maintenance tips to follow with your wipers:
1. Never Run Wipers on a Dry Windscreen: Operating windshield wipers on a dry window causes them to warp and crack. Especially in extreme conditions such as summer heat. If you’re going to use the wipers, spray plenty of water/cleaning-solution first to lubricate their path.
2. Keep Your Car Windows Clean: No matter how carefully you drive, using your vehicle causes stubborn stains to build up on the windscreen. These stubborn stains can cause serious damage to wiper blades if cleaned recklessly. This is why you should regularly use a separate squeegee/microfiber cloth to keep your windows clean. Don’t rely exclusively on the wipers.
3. Perform a Visual Inspection: The most direct way to figure out whether or not your wiper blades are damaged is to simply look at them. Check them out for wear and tear such as stretching, dullness or looseness.
4. Upgrade from the Factory-Default: Many drivers rarely go out of their way to change the wiper blades which were issued with their car. But the truth is that there are many top-quality brands of wiper blades available in stores. Find one which is durable and reliable.
Before making any adjustments to your windshield wipers, make sure to consult your owner’s manual first. Manuals usually explain the specific equipment which is compatible with your car. But even if you don’t refer to the manual for help, make a habit of inspecting your windshield wipers from one season to the next. Replacing them every six months is a guaranteed way to avoid being stranded in dangerous road conditions. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!