The best time to change your windshield wipers is after the summer heat, but if you are from Houston you know that can last until late November. This extreme heat breaks down these rubber blades and hinders your ability to drive safely during a storm. With rain constantly in the forecast these days, you don’t want to be caught in the rain with a blurry view in front of you.

If you haven’t changed out your windshield wiper blades since the summer months, it is definitely time for you to do that now. We have outlined some important tips when it comes to changing out your windshield wiper blades below:

Don’t Ignore the Signs

If you notice that your wipers are leaving streaks behind, making any scraping noises or clicking sounds this may be a sign that your wipers need replacement. The climate is the biggest factor that contributes to the deterioration of your windshield wiper blades. The heat causes the blades to break more quickly while cold weather can make them brittle. Depending on the climate you live in, this can be harsher during certain months.

Wiper Maintenance

You can check the performance of your wipers using the windshield wiper fluid in your vehicle before you actually need them. It is important you have windshield wiper fluid in your vehicle not only to improve your visibility, but also leaving your vehicle with our wiper fluid could also cause clogging and damage your pump. Clean the wiper blades for any dirt or build up that might cause them to not wipe properly. You might not always need to replace the blades.

Routinely Inspect

Don’t wait too long to change your windshield wiper blades. Make it a habit to routinely inspect your blades. Professionals recommend changing your windshield wipers twice year, after the summer and winter months. Here in Houston we don’t tend to have many days with freezing temperatures, so replacing them in the fall is the best time.

Neglecting the maintenance of your windshield wiper blades maybe something easy to overlook, but this is a low cost repair that can drastically improve your driving performance and safety. Don’t forget your rear wiper blades as well!

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop