Is it time for new windscreen wipers?

Kwik Fit | Tuesday 31st May 2016 12:00pm

windscreen wiper

Windscreen wipers are often forgotten about and donít get the respect they deserve.  At any time of the year, muck and grime can quickly build up on your windscreen but with a press of a lever, your windscreen wipers can quickly and smoothly remove all of that. They are essential to every car, especially when the weather turns unexpectedly, providing us with a clear view of the road ahead.

However, like many parts of your car, windscreen wipers are subject to wear and tear especially if your wipers have been put through their paces during the winter months. They are one of the hardest working parts of your car but one of the least durable parts. Over time, theyíll crack, deteriorate and lose their flexibility. Driving with worn wiper blades will not only affect your visibility of the road but they can also damage your windscreen and potentially cause your vehicle to fail its MOT. So donít get caught out this spring driving with worn wiper blades, make sure you check them regularly and replace when needed.

When to replace your windscreen wipers

We generally recommend that you replace your wiper blades every 12 months to ensure they continue to provide maximum visibility. However, if your windscreen wipers are displaying any of the four Sís; streaking, skipping, splitting, or squeaking, it might be time for new wider blades.

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Don't forget to check the back!

We suggest when you are replacing your windscreen wiper to replace both the driverís side and passengerís side at the same time. This will improve the performance of both wiper blades and help increase visibility. But donít forget to check your rear windscreen wipers, although they are usually used less often, the rear wiper blades can deteriorate through lack of use so it is important to check them regularly.

If your windscreen wipers are no longer working effectively, donít leave it until another downpour severely reduces your visibility, call into your local Kwik Fit. We stock replacement wiper blades to fit the widest range of vehicle makes and models.

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