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Windscreen wipers are one of the best inventions since cars themselves. Not only do they help keep water out of the way while you are on the road, but they also help keep your line of sight clear.
As much care as your windscreen requires, your wipers need even more attention. Without proper maintenance, they can break or even cause damage to your windscreen. Your wiper blades can cause cracks or chips in your windscreen. In some cases, improper care can also lead to windscreen damage. Top Windscreens details a few reasons why you should not lift your windscreen wipers and other ways you are potentially causing wiper damage.
Leaving Your Blades up During a Storm
Many people assuming that leaving wiper blades in the extended position during a snowstorm will keep them from freezing. Often, instead of keeping the blades safe, they snap back down and cause cracks along the windscreen instead. Nothing will happen if your blades are covered in a layer of snow, simply clean your windscreen as usual to free them.
Common Windscreen Mistakes
There are a few mistakes car owners commonly make when it comes to their windscreen wipers. Avoiding these bloopers can help save your windscreen and make your wipers last longer.
- Forgetting to turn off your wipers before you turn off your car
- Lifting up wiper blades during a snowstorm
- Allowing ice and snow to freeze around the blades
- Not replacing windscreen wiper blades every three months
Taking care of your windscreen wipers is much easier than you think, just avoid these common mistakes and you are halfway there.
How to Take Care of Wiper Blades
It is important to replace your wiper blades every season or at least every three months. Wiper blades do wear out with regular use and can end up scratching your windscreen if they become too bare. Windscreen wipers are made of heavy-duty rubber but can dry out when exposed to highly cold or hot temperatures.
In a snowstorm, many people are tempted or will actually leave their wipers in the up position. This is to keep them from being frozen against the glass and to make it easier to clean the windscreen later. Instead of leaving the wipers up, it is much safer to wrap your blades in a plastic bag or towel ahead of a snow storm. This will keep them from freezing and make it easier to free them from the snow. The last thing you want to see when you step outside after a storm is a big crack in your windscreen. If your wipers snap back against the windscreen during a storm, this is exactly what may happen.
It is a good idea to clean your wiper blades on a regular basis. Wipe them down with a regular glass cleaner periodically. You would be surprised how much dirt and grime can settle in the folds. If you need more help with your wiper care or if you need a windscreen replacement in Manchester, give Top Windscreens a call at 7707550375 today.