Did you know that driver’s vision is a factor in more than 40 percent of all vehicle crashes? While there are many factors outside of our control in driving during the rainy season, like water or slush splashing on the windshield from other traffic, maintaining wiper blades in good repair can provide the best visibility possible and is something cost-effective and easy to address.
But how do you know if your blades are in bad?
Many factors can contribute to wiper blade wear, including use, extended exposure to temperature extremes, ozone, road salt, oil and even automatic car washes
To avoid the risks of driving with limited visibility it is important to recognize the warning signs of wiper blade wear and damage.
StreakingVisual inspection of the wiper blade reveals rubber that has hardened and/or cracked due to exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, tree sap, and road tar, automotive chemicals like oil, brake fluid, coolant, and road grit. Bands of water remain after each wiping stroke.
ChatteringExtreme hot or cold temperatures or extended periods of non-use can cause blades to exhibit chatter. The blades may skip and vibrate. The characteristics to look for include a choppy wiping action or an overall performance set or curve to the blade rubber in one direction and smeared windshield appearance while wiping.
When the wiping edge of the blade is no longer sharp, but rounded in shape or appearance, the wiper will smear the water across the windshield instead of clearing it off. This causes cloudy and impaired visibility.
SqueakingThe old or worn rubber of the blade does not move quietly across the windshield.
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