We’ve previously published The Ultimate Guide To Maintaining Your Windshield Wipers, in which we explained how to properly maintain your windshield wipers! Sometimes drivers have the bad habit of not thinking about their windshield wipers until they’re no longer working. Or, they don’t think about how their windshield wipers affect their windshield’s condition.
When you have bad windshield wiper blades, they can cause streaks across your windshield in rainy conditions. Streaks are dangerous and hard to see through normally, let alone in the rain at night. When another driver’s headlights hit your windshield, you won’t be able to see at all! They are capable of completely obstructing your view of the road. If you notice your windshield wiper blades leaving streaks across your windshield, they should be replaced. This is due to a nick or tear in the rubber edge of your windshield wiper blades.
Everything on your windshield affects your windshield wipers. Debris collecting on your windshield will stick to your windshield wipers, which will then scrape against your windshield. When this debris collects, it can also create a barrier between your wiper blades and windshield. And when you’re caught in a downpour, they will be useless. As we mentioned, that barrier can also cause damage and scratches in your windshield. Wiping your windshield wiper blades regularly with a soft cloth is a good way to keep your windshield wiper blades clear of debris.
You may think it’s okay to use your windshield wipers to clear your windshield of leaves, twigs, and any other possible debris, but this actually causes more problems. If a piece of that leaf or the other debris gets wedged between your windshield wipers and windshield it allows water to get through, compromising your visibility. The debris may also cause dents or tears in your windshield wiper blade’s rubber edge.
Windshield wiper blades missing the rubber edge can damage your windshield. When you use your windshield wipers and they don’t have the soft rubber edge, they can create deep scratches in your windshield! Under the rubber edge, most windshield wipers have a metal strip. When the rubber edge is worn off or has otherwise come off of your windshield wiper blades, your windshield is no longer protected from the metal. Just imagine that scraping across your windshield. It’s easy to see how this can cause excessive damage.
Scratches on your windshield can have a similar effect as streaks. They reflect sunlight and other vehicles’ headlights just as much as a streak. They also provide a channel for water which your wiper blades cannot reach because it’s in the surface of your windshield. And if you do change your windshield wiper blades but haven’t had the scratches on your windshield repaired, they can prematurely wear out your wiper blades.
At your routine oil changes, ensure your windshield wipers are in proper working order by asking the mechanic to check on them. After all, you don’t want to end up in a situation like this: