Windscreen wipers play a pivotal role in our motoring life, providing the visibility that we need to stay safe when out on the roads, twelve months of the year. Their fragility and the frequency with which they are used means they need to be replaced on a regular basis. Windscreen wipers are made from thin rubber and are often operated daily during the winter months. Many motorists need to replace their wipers every six to 12 months depending on how often they use them, though a substantial number of drivers delay buying new blades until they cannot wait any longer.

Is it time to replace your blades?

If you suspect it may be time to replace your blades, there are steps you can take to assess them and work out whether an action is needed. If you have started to notice streaks on your windscreen after using your blades, you may have a problem. When your blades are in good condition, they can completely clear all trace of the rainwater in one wipe. You may also need to replace your blades if they have lost their shape and no longer fit snugly against the windscreen.

Unusual noises and worn rubber

Strange noises are often a sign that it’s time to replace your wipers. You should expect your wipers to emit minimal noise or none at all. If you do start to hear odd noises, chances are your blades are now worn. It’s also worth replacing your blades if they are no longer moving smoothly. It’s advisable to inspect your blades every week or so, checking for jagged edges and worn rubber.

Don’t take risks

If you fail to replace your wipers when you need to, your vehicle could fail its MOT and you could also potentially damage your glass. The costs of replacing glass are significantly more than the expense of buying new blades so it’s not worth taking the risk.

Get in touch

If your windscreen wipers are not performing the way they should, then get in touch with Autoworld. We supply windscreen wipers to all over North West and the rest of the UK for a wide variety of vehicles and get you safely back on the road again.