Tips for Changing Your Windshield Wipers
Having clear vision is essential to safe driving. This is especially true when driving conditions deteriorate due to rain, snow, or ice. When this happens, every driver depends on their windshield wipers to provide a consistent clean wipe. If you neglect your wipers, you may find yourself facing hazardous weather with limited vision.
Switching Out Your Wiper Blades
In addition to clearing rain, slush, and sleet, good wiper blades are a necessity when it comes to removing bird droppings, spattered insects, and road tar,To keep your windshield clean and your vision unobscured, it is important to switch out your wiper blades on a regular basis.
How to Know When It’s Time to Switch
According to the National Highway Transportation Board, wiper blades should be changed at least once a year, but every six months is better. Most drivers only change their wiper blades about 2 ½ years. It is always good to be aware of signs that indicate your wipers are past their physical prime. If they are cracking, showing discoloration, or if the blade makes noise or chattering sounds, it is time to replace them. Unwiped areas and streaking is a surefire indication that it’s time for new blades.
Some of the newest wipers have a built-in wear indicator. All you have to do is take a glance at the indicator to see that they need replacing.
Don’t Put it Off
Many drivers wait until they are caught in the middle of downpour and can’t see the road in front of them before they admit it’s time to change their wiper blades. Don ‘t let procrastination cause you to be involved in a serious accident. If you are unsure of how to change them, most auto parts stores will install them for you free of charge.
Here at Hawk Cadillac, we want you to be safe, no matter what kind of car you drive; but if wiper blades is the least of your car’s problems, we encourage you to stop in and test drive a used Cadillac Lockport.