Road trips during the summer are a favorite activity for many people. Hitting the road and getting away from the daily grind is a great way to de-stress and unwind. Whether it is a road trip to a favorite destination or, just a drive in the country to look at the beautiful scenery it can quickly turn serious if a summer storm hits.
Summer storms can be sudden and intense, and having properly working wiper blades is essential to making it to your destination safely.
Here are some things to look for when deciding if you need new wipers:
- Corrosion on the metal. This is especially damaging if it has accumulated at the claws and joints.
- Rubber is not flexible. The rubber of your wiper blades should be flexible and easily conform to the curve of your windshield
- Rubber is damaged. If the rubber of your wiper blades is cracked, torn, or missing pieces this is a definite sign that you need replacements
- Wiper blade is not securely installed. If your wiper blade has not been securely attached to the wiper arm, you might lose a blade when you turn the wipers on and the arm could damage your windshield if there is not a wiper blade attach
- When the rubber of your wiper blades has dried out and hardened it loses flexibility and does not make full contact with the windshield. This results in streaking and smearing rather than fully wiping water away.
- When your wiper blades have lost curvature and have taken on a different shape, they will skip across your windshield when you turn them on rather than smoothly wipe.
- When the rubber of your wiper blades has been sitting in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time, the rubber will begin to split away from the frame of the wiper arm.
Don’t assume that you can go easy on car maintenance during the summertime. In fact, with the extra driving that many of us do during this time of year, car maintenance is important more now than ever. Make sure to keep your wipers top of mind when you think about maintenance for your car this summer. Properly working wipes could be the difference between getting in a wreck or not during a summer storm.