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How often do windshield wipers need to be replaced


Windshield wipers are one of the most underrated safety components on your vehicle! But all too often drivers ignore their wipers until they break or stop working entirely. Since windshield wipers are a key component of vehicle safety, the experts at DRIVE AutoCare are available to serve you today.  

Windshield wipers can last up to 12 months depending on the climate, material, and where you drive. For instance, if you stay in very hot or very cold regions, you should consider replacing your shield after every 6 months.

Signs a bad windshield wiper

You should consider replacing your windshield wipers at least once per year because their life span depends on several factors. Below are the signs to watch out for if your wipers need a replacement:

  • Rough streaking: Excessive streaking can indicate that your rubber has either worn out or cracked. These strikes leave wet spots on your shield.
  • Vibrating noise: It is time to replace your wipers every time you hear the chattering and dragging noise. The noise means the plastic is in contact with the glass instead of the rubber band.
  • Bend or broken windshield wipers.

Importance of replacing your windshield wipers

Wipers are designed to enhance visibility by moving across your windshield in a smooth motion. Faulty wiper blades should be replaced to protect your windshield from strikes and improve your visibility when driving.
Regular usage of your wipers makes them deteriorate within 12 months, a better reason to replace them whenever they become faulty.

How to increase the longevity of your windshield wipers

Although wipers blades are cheaper to replace compared to other parts of the car, you can still take care of the parts to extend their life by:

  • Cleaning them once every month and keeping them in an enclosed environment.
  • Use a plastic material to clear the ice stuck during the winter.
  • Regularly check the rubber.
  • Avoid parking your car in very hot or very cold environments.

Count on the pros at DRIVE AutoCare for excellent car services, and repairs, and enjoy a continuous driving experience for every mile. If you need windshield wiper replacement, call DRIVE AutoCare or book your appointment today!

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