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Replacing Wiper Blades: When Is the Right Time?

On our cars, trucks and SUVs, sometimes smaller, less expensive parts play a big role in our safety and comfort as motorists and passengers.

Like windshield wiper blades. A little part that can make a big difference if we are driving in snow or rain.

Do you ever wonder how often the wiper blades on your windshield should be changed? Although some wiper blade manufacturers recommend 6 months to one year, the truth is a change to your wiper blades all depend on the conditions your car faces.

If you spend the majority of your time in Upstate New York where it’s cooler throughout the year, with a lot of snow, rain and everything in between, your windshield wiper blades could last up to six months to a year. If, however, you use your wiper blades less often, drive and park in areas with mild temperatures, or park your vehicle in the protection of a garage, your wiper blades can last up to two years. Sun, heat and humidity can also be factors for those living in warmer climates.

Also, do you have wiper blades attached to the front and to the rear of your vehicle? Many may consider replacing the front windshield wiper blades more frequently than the back since they are used more often. However, the back window wiper blades may get more direct sun and heat, depending on where you park your car on a daily basis. If you have front and rear wiper blades on your vehicle, consider replacing them at the same time.

The best way to figure out if you need to change your wiper blades is to test them. If your visibility is affected, you don’t want to risk having worn out blades. When your wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surfaces of your vehicle — either front or back — they can begin to squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak. Worn out wiper blades reduce driving visibility, and that can be inconvenient at best, or dangerous at worst.

H&V wants you to stay safe. When you come to H&V Collision Center for scheduled maintenance, we check your wiper blades to see if they are in good working order. Our priority is to keep you safe while out on the road, and though wiper blades are a low cost feature on your vehicle, they could be a lifesaver. Be smart and change your wiper blades before your driving visibility deteriorates.

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Brittany Horton
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