Check the wipers regularly for any sign of wear. 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.
It is important to check the wiper blades regularly so you can ensure a clear view of the road. Taking a wet towel and running it along the edge of the blades can help remove dust, dirt, and grime that can build up. By doing this, you can help the wipers last long and be more efficient. Inspecting the windshield wipers regularly can help determine when new ones will be needed. This can help prevent damage to the wipers as well as the windshield itself. It will also improve the safety for yourself because you can see more clearly.
When the wipers are operating, you may notice some streaking and smearing that occurs on the windshield. 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. This can help you to improve the visibility when you drive.