Generally it is pretty easy to notice when your wiper blades are not working as well as they used to. You may hear them scraping across your windscreen and seeing them leave streaks across it to.
The trouble is, because it is not an issue that relates directly to a car's performance it is something that can often get neglected by many drivers. Nevertheless, it is important to have working wiper blades.
First and foremost, there is a safety element that needs to be considered when it comes to having working wiper blades. They are crucial to visibility; during wet weather and when your windscreen gets dirty you need to be able to clear it as soon as possible. While aging wiper blades can often still do this, it tends to take a lot longer before any streaks are cleared; by this time it may be too late to react to a hazard in the road.
There are several signs that will indicate it is time to get your wipers changed and what has gone wrong.
If you notice that your wipers are not clearing rain correctly then this suggests the rubber has been worn out, causing the edges to be rounded.
Thick bands of water on your windscreen also suggest a problem with the rubber, in that it may have hardened due to age. They may also have become damaged so it is worth checking for tears or cuts.
You may also notice that your wipers are missing the windscreen when you are travelling at high speeds. This suggests that there is a problem with the wiper arm or that the blade is of poor quality. Yet this is the time when you need your screen to clear the most quickly as you will have less time to react to hazards.
If you need to get your wiper blades replaced then it is pretty easy to do so. At ATS Euromaster you can buy a new set of wiper blades to suit your vehicle and an expert technician will fit them for free.
Posted by Danielle Barge