Get ready for these upcoming April showers by replacing worn out windshield wipers. If your wipers are not working properly, it may be difficult to see the road ahead of you when it rains. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rain is already a factor in 46 percent of weather-related accidents.
Inspect Your Wipers Regularly
Wiper blades are made out of rubber and will wear down. Windshield wipers should be inspected every six to 12 months. If they are worn down or cracked, it is time for them to be replaced.
Replacing Your Wipers
- Measure blade length: Measure the wiper blade length to purchase the correct size wipers.
- Remove old wipers: Lift the wiper arm away from the windshield and depress the tab on the underside of the wiper where it meets the arm. Pull down to slide the wiper blade off.
- Replace wipers with new ones: Pull the wiper blade onto the arm. It will click when it is set in place. Lower the arm to the windshield and repeat the process for the other wiper.
If you are having a hard time following these steps, your windshield wipers can be replaced at your local oil service shop.
Avoid a car insurance claim this spring by simply replacing your windshield wipers. This can help make sure your wipers are working properly to increase your visibility.