Tips for Keeping up with Windshield Wiper Care
When it comes to driving safely, nothing is more important than having good visibility, which is why every driver needs to know how and when to replace your windshield wipers. Luckily, it’s easy to keep tabs on, and just as easy to have done as part of your next service appointment at Mazda of Bedford.
Know When to Replace Wiper Blades
In general, it’s a good idea to replace wiper blades about every six months. If the wipers aren’t cleaning your windshield effectively anymore, it’s time to get new ones. A streaky effect means the rubber has worn out on the edge of the blade. If the wipers are missing large sections of the windshield, the rubber may even be cracked.
You may notice that the wipers are skipping, leaving vertical streaks on the windshield, which means the coating that lets them glide along the glass has worn off. Finally, if the wipers consistently make loud squeaking or scraping sounds, it may be time to get new ones. If you’re not sure, just ask your Mazda of Bedford service technician and we’ll tell you how much life your wipers have left.
Make Your Wipers Last Longer
No one wants to waste time and money replacing something if they don’t have to, so take steps to extend the life of your wiper blades in your day-to-day life.
The best thing you can do to protect your wipers is keep your windshield clean. When you stop at a gas station with squeegees next to the pump, clean the windshield while you’re waiting for your tank to fill up. Make sure the squeegee itself is clean by using a paper towel to wipe off dirt from previous uses.
Wintertime is an especially rough time for windshield wipers, and they don’t agree with snow. Use a scraper to de-ice your windshield, not the wiper blades! You should also pull the wiper blades so they’re standing up to avoid them freezing to the windshield.
When the time comes to get new wipers, stop into Mazda of Bedford. We’ll make sure you get the right size and type for your needs, and we’ll install them for you in a jiff.