Wiper Blades

Windshield wipers are important for safe driving because they help clear away rainwater or anything that may inhibit one’s view while driving. Overtime however, the effectiveness of the wiper blades fade. This degradation over time could be attributed to many things, namely exposure to direct sunlight, as it may cause wiper blades to stiffen, crack, tear or erode.

When to change

While there is no set timeframe for how often one should change their wiper blades, every six months or so is recommended. Look for signs that your wiper blades may be wearing down which include, but are not limited to, leaving behind smudges or water streaks, skipping, or squeaking.

Selecting the right blade

When choosing new wiper blades, it is important to note that not all wiper blades are made equal. There is a wide variety to choose from, and it’s important to know which one is right for your car. Conventional wiper blades are made with a blended rubber compound and a metal frame. Typically, conventional blades come at a lower cost and are easy to replace. These work best on glass that is not curved. There are also silicone-infused wiper blades that can last up to three-times longer than the standard wiper blade. These offer all-weather protection and reduced friction and drag. Beam-style wiper blades are recommended for modern-day vehicles with curved windshields. These usually come with a higher cost. Hybrid wiper blades combine the stability of standard blades and the design of beam blades, offering a clean, even wipe. Also available are rear wipers.

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