Being a safe driver means being aware of your surroundings. To accomplish this, the windshield wipers must be in a good working condition. This means the wipers will leave the windshield clean and clear from any dirt, debris, or inclement weather conditions. If the wipers are worn, they will not be able to remove the dirt and debris on the window. This often results in smearing the mess and obstructing your vision even more. If the windshield is streaked or cloudy, it can impair your vision and cause an accident. Regularly cleaning and replacing your windshield wipers can help prevent these problems.
When the wipers are operating, you may notice some streaking and smearing that occurs on the windshield. If this occurs, the water or debris will remain on the windshield since the wipers are missing that section when working. The water may also collect in droplets upon the windshield. A hazing effect on the windshield can take place if any road debris becomes stuck to the wiper itself. Also listen for any strange noises made by the windshield wipers. You may also hear a chattering sound when your wipers are in need for replacing. This is because the wiper is not properly aligned with the glass anymore. Make sure to check the wiper to see if the rubber part has been damaged or split. If you notice the edges looking worn or torn, it is time to replace them.
One reason the wiper blades might need to be replaced is if they are used heavily. Dust, road grime, or other debris will wear away at the edge of the blade that wipes the window cleanly. As the blade loses the edge, water can then get under the blade and remain on the glass. This results in reduced visibility and poor wiping action. The wipers might also go bad if there are strong winds that can lift and bend the arm of the windshield wiper. Cold weather also affects the wipers as it causes the rubber to become hard and brittle. This makes it easier for the wiper blade to crack or tear. If you notice any issues with your wipers, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can.