The Michigan winters get rough, which is why the team at Westside Service advises that you replace them with durable wiper blades along with all your seasonal maintenance items. After months and months of being dried up by the sun and general wear and tear, the wipers are likely worn down. When your visibility is significantly reduced, your risk of getting into an accident increases.
Fortunately, windshield wipers are inexpensive and simple to replace. Many options are available on the market, including ones designed for winter driving. For Michigan drivers, we recommend getting ones that slide and glide across well, even through icy conditions. You should not cheap out on wiper blades. While you replace your wiper blades, don’t forget to stock up on windshield washer fluid too. Make sure this solution has a low freezing point to ensure it doesn’t freeze in the lines.
Not Sure If It Is Time – Inspect them!
On average, a set of wiper blades last 6-12 months. If you haven’t hit the 1-year threshold yet, we recommend inspecting your wiper blades to get more insight into their condition. Here is what you need to look for!
- Physical Appearance - If the wipers have cracks, bent arms, or torn rubber pieces, it is time to replace them. When its physical appearance has deteriorated, it will not perform as it should.
- Effectiveness - Run the wipers, and see if they clear off your windscreen. If the water smears or the wipers leave behind streaks, it means the wipers are no longer good.
- Unusual Signs - If the wipers constantly squeak and clunk from skipping certain spots of the windshield, it is time to install a new set.
Your visibility of the road is paramount, especially when running your vehicle in icy or wet conditions. If you need help replacing your wiper blades, feel free to visit Westside Service. Our technicians can assist you with all your seasonal maintenance and repairs.