Considering how important they are, it’s kind of surprising just how many drivers are guilty of neglecting their windshield wipers. Now that we’re well into summer, it’s important that Long Island drivers take note of their windshield wipers, namely what kind of state they’re in. If you get caught in a storm and your wipers are operating at less than their peak capacity, your vision - and subsequently, your safety - are compromised. There’s no need to put yourself into that position. Instead, take a quick look at our Westbury Toyota guide on how to tell if your wipers need to be replaced, as well as how to replace them.
The durability of wiper blades varies depending on a number of things. Weather is a main factor in how long they will last. In areas where there’s snow and ice during the colder months, explains the experts of NAPA Online, they’ll likely need to be replaced more often than in warmer climes. Even the most expensive windshield wipers out there will not last for more than a year, which means that the regular lifespan for most wipers is anywhere from three to six months. You can extend that lifespan by switching wipers with the seasons. A general rule of thumb is to install winter weather wipers at the same time that you switch to snow tires.
Windshield wipers need to be replaced when they’re no longer maintaining full contact with the glass. Here are the most common indicators that your wipers are on the way out:
It’s not that hard to change your own wipers and to make it easier, we’ve written up a little step by step guide:
Once the new blades are installed, switch them on to see if they’re operating properly. If there’s any odd noises or movement, it probably means you have them installed incorrectly.
It’s easy to forget just how important your windshield wipers are until you really need them, and that’s why it’s a good idea to check up on them regularly for any signs of wear or malfunction. Replacements are typically not that expensive, so be sure to change them out at least twice a year. For extra safety and durability after we move through these warm summer months, consider swapping over to winter weather wipers as well.