Bradley Jando | Monday 21st September 2020 10:47am
Windscreen wipers - something we often donít appreciate fully until we really need them. Whether itís bugs, dirt or torrential rain, not being able to see clearly out of your windscreen is not only annoying, it can also be incredibly dangerous - potentially putting you in the way of oncoming hazards. Thatís why itís important to keep your wipers in mind when it comes to your car maintenance. If youíre not sure how to tell if your wipers need replacing, or even how exactly you choose the right wipers for your car, then donít panic - keep reading for our handy guide to understanding what wiper blades you need, and when you need them.
When do you need new windscreen wipers?
As with many other components on your car, the windscreen wiper blades naturally deteriorate over time. This is in part due to exposure to the elements, as well as due to general wear and tear from being in use.
Depending on how frequently you use them, windscreen wipers can start to deteriorate in as little as 6 months, although we typically recommend that you replace your wiper blades every 12 months to make sure that you always have maximum visibility of the road.
If youíre not sure whether or not you need to invest in new wiper blades, keep an eye out for some of the following signs:
- If your wipers are leaving streaks or blank spots
- If they donít move over the windscreen smoothly
- If the wipers donít make proper contact with the windscreen, or leave some parts dry
- If you can see cracks or rough edges on the rubber blades
The symptoms that you experience can differ depending on the types of wiper blades that you have, as well as the level of wear theyíre experiencing - but keeping an eye out for some of these signs can help you to spot when a new set of windscreen wipers should be making its way onto your shopping list.
If your wipers arenít performing at their best but donít quite need a full replacement yet, then why not give them some TLC? A good wipe with a damp sponge or rag and some mild dish soap can help to dislodge any debris, and help the blades to make contact with the windscreen - giving you a better overall finish.
Why do you need to replace your windscreen wipers?
An unclean windscreen presents a serious safety hazard for drivers. Not only can a lack of visibility cause a potentially serious accident, but it can also cause damage to your car. If the rubber blade is damaged, then the wiper arm can rub against the glass - ruining the windscreen over time, and increasing the likelihood of cracks in the glass.
If your windscreen wipers arenít effective, then it can also result in an MOT failure, so itís well worth making sure you check your wipers before taking your MOT test - and arrange replacements beforehand if necessary.
Choosing your new windscreen wipers
So, youíve spotted the signs, tried giving them a wipe, and have come to the conclusion that you need some new windscreen wipers. What do you do next?
When people require new windscreen wipers, usually this means replacing the blades - the rubber strip that makes contact with the glass. Theyíre usually measured in inches, in sizes from 10" to 32", with one side often being different to the other. To find out what size windscreen wiper blade you need, you can check your vehicle handbook, or use our new windscreen wiper tool to find the right size for your vehicle.
Donít forget to check the rear wiper blade too if youíre making replacements; while it may not get as much use as the front wipers, it is exposed to the elements.
Windscreen wipers at Kwik Fit
At Kwik Fit we keep stock of a wide range of replacement windscreen wiper blades, which are designed to fit most cars and vans. We take the hassle out of windscreen wiper replacement, not only sourcing the right wiper blades for your vehicle but fitting them for you too.
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