We all expect maximum durability and longevity from things even as small as windshield wipers. Sure, the manufacturing companies have a lot to do with it, but how you maintain these, definitely affects the durability and longevity of these wipers. Although you need to replace your windshield wipers every 6 months for optimum visibility and your own safety, you can always follow these tips to make the wipers last longer.
Park your Car in the Shade
Wiper blades maintenance varies across different climatic regions. If you reside in a warmer climate, with ample sunshine, it is advisable that you park your car in the shade whenever possible. Apart from other reasons, parking your car in bright sunlight bakes and dries out the rubber material of the wiper blades. This not only reduces their flexibility, but also affects the performance of the wiper blades.
Eventually, they harden up and can damage your wind screen by scratching it. Parking in the shade can definitely add to the life of your car’s wiper blades.
Clean your Wipers
As a rule of thumb, keeping anything clean adds to its durability and longevity. However, it is important that you clean the wipers with the right liquids. Rubbing alcohol helps clean the wiper blades thoroughly, without bringing about any damage to the quality and performance of the wiper blades.
Glass cleaning solutions also work well for the windshield wipers. Whichever solution you go for, always clean the wiper blades gently. If the wiping cloth starts to get black during cleaning, it indicates that the solution is working.
Lift the Wipers up During Snowfall
Extreme climatic conditions always call for higher maintenance procedures. When it rains or snows, the water collects under the wiper blades, and freezes on spot as the temperature drops. If you live in snowy areas, or areas with extremely harsh winters, you need to lift the wipers up when parking your car for a longer duration (4-5 hours), if you don’t want to find frozen wiper blades, when going to work in the morning.
Instead of using the wiper blades to remove snow from the windshield, use an ice scraper or manually remove it after turning the defroster on. This avoids unwanted friction on your car’s windshield and helps to increase the lifespan of your car’s wiper blades without compromising on the quality.
Don’t Use on a Dry Windshield
While you may not see any harm to it, operating wiper blades on a dry windshield can cause more damage to your windscreen than anything else. The purpose of these wiper blades is to clear your windshield of any liquid residue, moisture, rainfall etc. Operating them on a dry screen wears them out prematurely, since friction is created between the screen and the rubber.
This reduces the lifespan of the rubber, and adversely affects performance.
Keep the Windscreen Clean
Instead of using your car’s wiper blades to remove dust and debris from the screen, use a sponge or a piece of cloth to clean your windscreen. Alongside keeping your wiper blades clean, it is important to keep the windshield clear of dust too, if you wish to prolong the rubber material’s life.
Doing so prevents development of unwanted friction, and increases durability of the wiper blades. Be careful while choosing the cleaning cloth material, in case you select one that scratches the screen.