Windshield wipers are absolutely vital to your safety in harsh weather conditions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, impaired visibility is a leading factor in 46% of fatal car accidents. When your windshield wipers are old or not working properly, your total vision of the road and your surroundings is much worse. Every day in the US there are 3400 weather-related car accidents. For that reason, it is extremely important that you replace your wiper blades at the appropriate time.
It is recommended that you replace your windshield wipers about every 6 months, although, depending on where you live and the type of wiper blades you have, you may need to replace them more or less frequently. The easiest way to know if it is time to replace your windshield wipers? Are you able to see clearly out your windshield when it is raining? If so, double-check for these additional warning signs:
- Cracks or breaks in the rubber (this is often caused by the heat of the summer)
- Bent frames/blades
- Streaks on windshield
- Consistent film of grime on windshield
- Squeaking noises while operating
- Imperfections in wiping pattern
- Season changes (here in Wyoming it’s a good idea to install winter blades during the cold months)
It is clear that your windshield wipers are incredibly important. But unlike other important elements of your car, the wiper blades are relatively easy to replace on your own. That said, if you would rather have a professional do the job, come see us at any of our 9 Plains Tire locations throughout Wyoming. One of our technicians will install new premium blades and get you back safely on the road in a matter of minutes. To learn more about our selection of windshield wipers give us a call today!